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From pillar to post: Understanding the victimisation of women and children who experience domestic violence in an age of austerity

Sanders-McDonagh, E., Neville, L, Nolas, S (2016) From pillar to post: Understanding the victimisation of women and children who experience domestic violence in an age of austerity. Feminist Review, 112 (1). pp. 60-76. ISSN 0141-7789. E-ISSN 1466-4380. (doi:10.1057/fr.2015.51) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The dismantling of the welfare state across the United Kingdom (and indeed a number of other Western industrialised democracies, such as Canada and the United States) and the reductions to welfare provisions and entitlements are having a detrimental impact on women's equality and safety. Towers and Walby argue that the recent cuts to welfare provision in the United Kingdom, particularly for women's services, could lead to increased levels of violence for women and girls. This paper makes the argument that female victims of domestic abuse experience violence on two levels: first, at the intimate/personal level through their relationship with an abuser and, second, at a structural level, through the state failing to provide adequate protection and provision for women who have experienced violence in intimate relationships. Using a specific example of post-violence community services delivered to both the children of women who have experienced domestic violence and the women themselves, this paper draws on empirical research carried out in 2010-2011 with London-based third-sector and public sector organisations delivering the Against Violence and Abuse Project 'Community Group Programme'. We argue that the lack of services for women involved in, or exiting, a violent relationship can amount to state-sanctioned violence, if funding is withheld, or indeed, stretched to breaking point. © 2016 Feminist Review.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/fr.2015.51
Uncontrolled keywords: domestic abuse violence Community Group Programme austerity structural violence welfare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Erin Sanders-McDonagh
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 10:10 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/57717 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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