Journal Article

Readiness to Change: Mother–Child Relationship and Domestic Violence Intervention

Cathy Humphreys, Ravi K. Thiara and Agnes Skamballis

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 41, issue 1, pages 166-184
Published in print January 2011 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online April 2010 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq046
Readiness to Change: Mother–Child Relationship and Domestic Violence Intervention

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This paper argues that ‘readiness to change’ is not a concept which should only be used to understand an individual's motivation to change. In the complex field of domestic violence intervention, organisations and workers are as important in the change process as the women and children with whom they work. An action research project was undertaken to explore changes to practice which needed to occur if a model of individualised intervention for women and children shifted to a focus on strengthening their relationship in the aftermath of domestic violence. ‘The Talking to My Mum’ project developed activities to support the change process and found that organisations and workers needed to be ‘ready’ and motivated to embrace the change to the work focus if the entrenched divisions between services for children and services for women in domestic violence intervention were to be overcome. Creative processes were needed to support women and children if they were to feel safe and supported in strengthening their relationship in the aftermath of violence.

Keywords: Domestic violence intervention; mother-child relationship; readiness to change; practice activities

Journal Article.  7672 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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