Talking to my mum: strengthening relationships between mothers and children in the aftermath of family violence
Source TitleDeveloping Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal
PublisherAssociation of Childrens Welfare Agencies
University of Melbourne Author/sHumphreys, Cathy
AffiliationFaculty of Arts, Social Work
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences - Social Work
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsHumphreys, C. (2007). Talking to my mum: strengthening relationships between mothers and children in the aftermath of family violence . Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 19(Winter/Spring), 12-15.
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The evidence that children are at risk of harm when they live with family violence is remarkably consistent. No study suggests that there are not heightened risks and vulnerabilities to their safety and well-being (Hester et al, 2007). This article draws attention to the harm created through damaging the relationship between children and their mothers. It argues that family violence represents not only an attack on the adult victim (usually woman), or a child victim, but an attack on the relationship between the child and their mother. The article arises from an action research project which worked with women, children and refuge workers to develop activities which could address this destructive aspect of family violence through strengthening the relationship between mothers and their children.
Keywordsfamily violence; domestic violence
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