Tag Archives: professionals

Use the law to address coercive control involving interference in the mother-child relationship

I have had a number of emails in the last week from women whose ex-partners are turning their children against them. These emails are in response to a presentation that I gave at the WMSDAC conference in Birmingham last week … Continue reading

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Mechanisms of Maternal Alienation

My model showing the mechanisms of maternal alienation A designer friend of mine funked up my model of the mechanisms of maternal alienation that I developed during my psychology master’s in 2013. I planned on using it in a presentation … Continue reading

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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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Early reflections on the MAP workshop feedback

The training workshop for professionals: ‘Improving Responses to Mothers Separated from their Children – or at Risk of Becoming Separated’, took place this week on 17th June at Coventry University. It was very well attended by practitioners who came locally, … 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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The VIA Inaugural Conference 2014 part two

The VIA Inaugural Conference: Contemporary Development in Violence and Interpersonal Aggression Research on 24.10.14 brought together academics, practitioners and community members to meet and share ideas about matters of violence and interpersonal aggression. Devon Polaschek from New Zealand began the … Continue reading

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