Why don’t you just walk away? What are the Current Barriers Prohibiting the Protection of the Mother and Child Relationship in Cases of Domestic Abuse?

Torr, Hannah (2017) Why don’t you just walk away? What are the Current Barriers Prohibiting the Protection of the Mother and Child Relationship in Cases of Domestic Abuse? Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

There is now a widespread recognition that children witness domestic abuse within households where intimate partner violence is present, exhibited by the male perpetrator towards the mother victim. As a result, children have been known to act as protectors, confidants, and advisors towards their mothers, sometimes even blaming their mother for the acts of violence. Historically, young witnesses and victims have been examined and supported in isolation from one another, however current research argues that a more holistic approach should be applied to protect the mother and child relationship. This dissertation analyses stigmatised groups and preconceptions currently prohibiting positive recovery from being achieved for both mothers and children. Qualitative data was analysed from a feminist standpoint, through the use of a thematic analysis. The thematic analyses offered focus to contributors to mother blaming discourses, gender inequalities and power, and the current lack of attention offered to children’s agency incorporated in policy, legislation and practice. Despite domestic violence research increasingly evidencing the importance of taking a holistic approach to the subject, it appears that some areas, such as those mentioned, are continuing to be overlooked in practise. Qualitative research also highlights that practitioners understanding of the subject is limited. Professionals dealing with violence prevention, safeguarding children and policy makers, have been offered recommendations to apply to practice and organisational frameworks to shape the support offered to surviving families subjected to the traumatic effects of domestic abuse.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Social Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Mother Victims, Child Witnesses, Male Perpetrators, Mother Child Relationship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Departments > Social Work
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 12:38
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 12:38
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2892

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