Journal article

‘Talking to My Mum’: Developing Communication Between Mothers and Children in the Aftermath of Domestic Violence

C Humphreys, A Mullender, R Thiara, A Skamballis

Journal of Social Work | Published : 2006


• Summary: Domestic violence often directly and indirectly undermines the relationship between mothers and their children. This paper describes ‘the tactics of abuse’ that are instrumental in this damaging process and draws on previous research by one of the authors which shows that a conspiracy of silence can ensue, precluding talk of the abuse that women and children have experienced. The first stage of a four-year action research process designed to address some of these issues is discussed. • Findings: Early findings show that those women and children living in refuges or using outreach services who chose to work together on activities have found the process beneficial. They have provid..

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