Mothers' Strategies for Protecting Children from Batterers: The Perspectives of Battered Women Involved in Child Protective Services

Haight, Wendy L.; Shim, Woochan S.; Linn, Linda M.; Swinford, Laura
July 2007
Child Welfare;Jul/Aug2007, Vol. 86 Issue 4, p41
Academic Journal
During in-depth, individual interviews, seventeen battered women involved in the public child welfare system discussed the effects of domestic violence on their children, and their strategies for protecting and supporting them. Most mothers articulated the detrimental effects of domestic violence on their children and coherent strategies to protect them physically, but described difficulties supporting young children psychologically. Collectively, mothers reported a number of apparently useful strategies for supporting children's psychological resilience. Implications for intervention are discussed.


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