Communities, care and domestic violence

Wilcox, Paula (2006) Communities, care and domestic violence Critical Social Policy, 26 (4). pp. 722-747. ISSN 0261-0183

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Whilst there has been a resurgence of interest in community in many fields in the UK this has been singularly missing in relation to domestic violence. Relatively little is known about informal community networks and their responsiveness to survivors of domestic violence and the intersections of these with formal agency networks. This paper argues that (mis)understandings of domestic violence, a focus on agency/state responses and the traditional association of discourses of caring with women have all been important contributory factors here. Drawing on an empirical study on the informal support of survivors in the north of England in the mid 1990s and current research with survivors in the south of England this paper reviews the evidence for arguing that, whilst community-based work against domestic violence raises particularly complex challenges, it is nevertheless essential to explore this as an additional strategy in tackling domestic violence

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; gendered power relations; inter-personal violence
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1177/0261018306068471
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: editor sass
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2009
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:02

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