Journal article

Mothers, domestic violence, and child protection.

Heather Douglas, Tamara Walsh

Violence Against Women: an international and interdisciplinary journal | SAGE Publications | Published : 2010


This article explores the relationship between understandings of domestic violence and the child protection response drawing on material gathered in focus groups with workers who support mothers dealing with both domestic violence and child protection issues. The interviewees expressed concern that the dynamics of domestic violence are often misunderstood and inappropriately responded to by child protection workers. This article critically examines the interviewees' concerns and concludes that to properly protect children, it is crucial that child protection workers have a clear understanding of the dynamics of and issues related to domestic violence.

University of Melbourne Researchers