Mothers, Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Toward Collaboration and Engagement

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland

Date Written: May 1, 2010

Abstract

We appreciate the opportunity to consider the responses from the four commentators to our discussion in the main article in this symposium. The workers we interviewed for the main article identified a disconnect between the domestic violence and child protections fields, and similarly the commentators, from four diverse professional backgrounds and from different jurisdictions and using different languages and metaphors, also accepted this was the current situation. Hester identifies what she refers to as three planets of domestic violence, child contact or visitation, and child protection. She observes that these planets have distinct cultural histories underpinning practices and outcomes. Humphreys similarly refers to the great divide between the community and voluntary sector and the statutory child protection services. Mandel refers to the need to improve “cross system dialog” and Goodmark appears to accept there is a need to improve relations “between” victimized mothers and child protection. This symposium in itself has provided an opportunity to engage professionally beyond these identified divisions.

Keywords: child protection, domestic violence, mothers

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Walsh, Tamara, Mothers, Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Toward Collaboration and Engagement (May 1, 2010). Violence Against Women, 16 5: 537-542, 2010; University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law Research Paper No. 10-42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2152763

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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