Mothers, Domestic Violence, and Child Protection

Violence Against Women, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 489-508, 2010

University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 10-18

1 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2010  

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland

Date Written: March 26, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: child protection, domestic violence

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Walsh, Tamara, Mothers, Domestic Violence, and Child Protection (March 26, 2010). Violence Against Women, Vol. 16, No. 5, pp. 489-508, 2010 ; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 10-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1670520

Heather Douglas (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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