“All I wanted was a happy life”: the struggles of women with learning disabilities to raise their children whilst also experiencing domestic violence

McCarthy, Michelle (2019) “All I wanted was a happy life”: the struggles of women with learning disabilities to raise their children whilst also experiencing domestic violence. Journal of Gender Based Violence, . ISSN 2398-6808. E-ISSN 2398-6816. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1332/239868019X15475690594298) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Women with learning disabilities are especially vulnerable to domestic violence from partners. The lives of mothers with learning disabilities who experience domestic violence are very challenging. This in-depth qualitative study of 6 mothers with learning disabilities in the UK uses interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore the impact of domestic violence on the women and children. The women reported violent conceptions and violent pregnancies, perpetrators sabotaging the mother-child bond, living with a broad spectrum of abuse and their feelings about having their children removed from their care. Recommendations are made for professional and informal support of these women.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: domestic violence, mothers, learning disabilities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Michelle McCarthy
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 15:42 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 14:25 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/70154 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McCarthy, Michelle: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1358-2516
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