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Mothering Through Domestic Violence

Mothering Through Domestic Violence


By (author) Lorraine Radford, By (author) Marianne Hester


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  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 11mm | 268g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1843104733
  • ISBN 13: 9781843104735
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 306,680

Product description

Research into children and domestic violence in recent years has emphasized the importance of giving positive support to a non-abusive parent for effective child protection. But what exactly does positive support involve? Based on findings from six primary research studies carried out by the authors themselves, as well as other published research, this book reveals how undermining mothering - specifically, family courts and social work agencies blaming mothers for their own victimization - plays a key role in locking women into abusive relationships and exacerbating the damage done by domestic violence. It explores the principle message drawn from the research: that the needs of individual victims should inform risk assessment and safety planning by welfare practitioners. Case studies are used to explore key issues that should be considered during assessment and planning, such as the psychological impact on children of living in an abusive household; mother and child protection from an abusive partner during court proceedings; and child contact with an abusive parent. "Mothering Through Domestic Violence" is essential reading for practitioners working in the fields of family and child welfare, family courts and policy makers.

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Author information

Lorraine Radford is Reader in Criminology at Roehampton University, UK. Marianne Hester is Professor of Gender, Violence and International Policy at the University of Bristol, UK and is co-author of Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence - A Reader, also by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Table of contents

Contents: Acknowldegements. 1. Introduction. 2. Walking on Eggshells - Mothering Through Domestic Violence. 3. Resisting Mother Blaming. 4. Domestic Violence and the Maltreatment of Children. 5. Children Living with Domestic Violence - Impacts and Resilience. 6. Re-asserting Power and Control in Child Visitation and Contact. 7. Mother Blaming in the Courts 8. Improving Safety for Women and Children after Separation. 9. From Blaming Mothers to Providing Positive Support - The Role of Welfare Agencies. 10. Conclusion - Linking the Three Planets. References. Subject Index. Author Index.