Journal article

Women and violence: the effects of dismantling the welfare state

M Morrow, O Hankivsky, C Varcoe

CRITICAL SOCIAL POLICY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

In Canada the idea that social entitlements are important components of citizenship and equality is currently being undermined by neo-liberal state values, expressed in federal and provincial policy shifts that favour self-sufficiency and economic competitiveness over a strong welfare state. Although this trend is dangerous for all populations marginalized through poverty, racism and disability, it is especially dangerous for women who are attempting to escape or avoid physical and sexual violence. Drawing on research conducted in the Canadian province of British Columbia, we argue that the dismantling of the social welfare state alongside policy changes that are affecting how the state resp..

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