Tag Archives: domestic abuse

Picking apart the mother-blaming that takes place with abused mothers

I’ve been working on a theme that is to do with unhelpful/punitive/harmful responses to mothers who have become, or are at risk of becoming, separated from their children in a context of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) (mothers apart for … Continue reading

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They are still thinking of the child all the time and they’re living on the hope that their partner will change

January 2016 and I’m immersed in my interview data once again. I only conducted a preliminary analysis before the workshop and now I’m exploring them in-depth. Some of the professionals I spoke to are so amazing – such wonderful, caring, … Continue reading

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Getting help can be challenging when an abused mind is a confused mind

Accessing the right kind of help and support can sometimes be difficult for mothers who are at risk of becoming separated from their children. They might not know where to go or who they can talk to, especially if they … Continue reading

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Northampton Violence Conference Review

I was asked to review this conference for British Psychology Society’s ‘Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin’ so I thought I would share my review here too. Violence: Children, Family and Society Conference 2015 The University of Northampton Northampton 24th – … Continue reading

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Now booking places for workshop pilot in June

I am very pleased to announce the pilot of the multi-agency workshop for professionals – to improve responses to mothers apart – will take place on 17th June 2015, 9.30-4 at Coventry University. Registration will begin at 9am for a … Continue reading

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Emerging issues concerning mothers apart from their children

The overarching aim of my research project is to address the problem that, in the UK, there is no comprehensive, statutory provision of support for mothers who have become, or are at risk of becoming, separated from their children. But … Continue reading

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Is this what you think victims of domestic violence look like?

In the Mothers Apart Project one of the themes emerging from talking to both mothers apart and professionals is the problem of stereotyping, and judging people by those stereotypes according to myths about ‘bad mothers’. Another theme is that professionals … Continue reading

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