Journal article

Mothers' Understandings of 'Home' After Relationship Separation and Divorce

Monica Campo, Belinda Fehlberg, Kristin Natalier, Bruce Smyth

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


This paper explores 35 mothers’ understandings of home after relationship separation, along with barriers and facilitators to creat-ing home post-separation. No previous research has done so. We found that for mothers, like their children, home was complex and multidimensional, and rarely defined just in terms of physical space. Rather, it was a relational concept, with physical space providing the context for relationships with family, neighbourhood and com-munity, to feel safe, and the opportunity to be oneself. More than half the mothers in the study reported experiencing domestic and family violence by their former partners and, for some, this had continued after separation. While the on..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

We are deeply grateful to the families who participated in this study and shared so much with us. We thank Michelle Irving for her significant contribution to the project's fieldwork, the Australian Research Council for funding the research (DP180102799), our Advisory Group members for their support throughout the project, and Mavis Maclean for her encouragement from the genesis of the project.