Survivors of domestic violence, community and care

Paula Wilcox

in Care, community and citizenship

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348715
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301608 | DOI:
Survivors of domestic violence, community and care

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This chapter extends an earlier discussion on communities and their responsiveness to domestic violence survivors, drawing on empirical research carried out in 2005 and 2006 with survivors in the south of England. It looks at how dominant definitions of domestic violence have tended to exclude community considerations, and then examines state-sponsored policies and their influences on work against domestic violence. From this point the chapter addresses the need to approach work in the community with a gendered and raced lens, moving on to explore domestic violence survivors' different motivations for involvement in community groups, in contrast to dominant ideas about responsible citizenship used in public discourse. Lastly, the chapter considers the links between traditionally gendered discourses of caring and their impact on the hidden nature of domestic violence survivors. It concludes by arguing that there is a duty of care to address the support of domestic violence survivors in communities.

Keywords: community-based care; domestic violence survivors; community involvement; duty of care

Chapter.  7154 words. 

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