Journal article

Sleep disruption and domestic violence: exploring the interconnections between mothers and children

Cathy Humphreys, Pam Lowe, Simon Williams

CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK | WILEY | Published : 2009

Abstract

This paper argues that sleep disruption is both a strategy and an effect of violence and abuse which profoundly affects the lives of women and children. This paper traces the interconnections between the patterns of sleeping (not sleeping) for women and children living with and recovering from the effects of violence and abuse. It highlights the threat to the emotional and physical well-being of children and women and provides a non-pathologizing route into an exploration of one of the symptoms of trauma. It is based on a pilot study which interviewed 17 women, 14 of whom were mothers to 28 children. Mothers reported that many of their children experienced nightmares, bed-wetting, night pani..

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