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Title: Participatory development of post-separation domestic violence services : a cooperative grounded inquiry with abused women and their teenage sons/daughters in Hong Kong
Author: Kong, Sui Ting
ISNI:       0000 0004 5347 6512
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2014
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This research involves formerly abused women and their teenage children equally with the practitioner-researcher in post-separation domestic violence service design and delivery. It examines how does a co-participative relationship among social work practitioner-researcher, women survivors and their teenage sons/daughters form, and how a co-participative relationship serves post-separation domestic violence service development, delivery and evaluation. Cooperative Grounded Inquiry (CGI) is invented in this research to offer an alternative methodology to Service User and Carer Participation (SUCP), in addition to the current consumerist and emancipatory models. As a result, a theory is generated to explain the formation and displaying of a ‘family-like community of practice’ among inquiry members; meanwhile, the ‘family-like community of practice’ sets the context for the co-construction of local theories and practices that mitigate women and their teenage children’s post-separation problems and enhance their competence in problem solving. This thesis meticulously articulates the experiences of co-constructing local knowledges with formerly abused women and their teenage children, and to contends that practices for facilitating ‘identity (re)construction’ and ‘partnership making’ are of paramount importance in their post-separation lives. Findings of this research pose challenges on the conventional crisis-oriented domestic violence services and the Cartesian model of self that underlies the mainstream understanding of post-separation needs and services. Drawing on the relational approach and Schatzki’s theorization of social practices, the thesis critiques individualization of domestic violence (as acts performed by individuals) and the corresponding services. In the last chapter, building a community of practice is proposed as a possible way of reconciling the women-focused domestic violence services and child protection system.
Supervisor: Hooper, Carol-Ann Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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