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Title: Understanding women's experiences of domestic abuse: the impact on their identity, resilience and the mother- child relationship
Author: Crawford, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0001 3395 8432
Awarding Body: University of Warwick and University of Coventry
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2007
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Research on women who have experienced domestic abuse indicates that they feel marginalized; stigma, shame and fear about the response of services can hin~er women from seeking the support they need. Chapter One of ~his thesis examines the literature on the impact of domestic abuse on the !pother-child relationship. The research reviewed indicates that domestic abuse can adversely affect the mother-child relationship . unfortunately the research . .. reviewed is unable to definitively state the mechanisms through which this occurs. Only a small number of studies examined how women w~o had experienced domestic abuse were able to utilise their strengths and resources especially when < caring for their children, illustrating a gap in the existing literature. Chapter Two explores the unique perspectives ofwomen who have experienced domestic abuse in order to gain an understanding of their experiences, their identity, sense of self4nd resilience. Findingsindicated that domestic abuse had a significant impact oOn the women interviewed. In particular, the ongoing relationship the women had with their abusive partner continued to impact on their resilience and sense of identity. The study also found, however, that the women were able toutilise their own resources and in this way increase their r~~ilienceo and self-esteem. Chapter Three provides reflections on the research journey. This includes reflections on me~hodological and ethical issues relating to conducting research with women who have experienced domestic abuse, particularly with regards to the utilisation of the principles of feminist methods. The challenges of adhering to these methods and principles are also discussed.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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