Difficult but close relationships: Children’s perspectives on relationships with their mothers in the context of domestic violence

Authors: 

Lapierre, Simon
Côté, Isabelle
Lambert, Amélie
Buetti, David
Lavergne, Chantal
Damant, Dominique
Couturier, Vanessa

Year of Publication: 
2017
Source: 
Violence Against Women, 24(9), 1023-1038
Abstract: 

This article reports findings from a participative and qualitative study conducted with children who had experienced domestic violence, focusing on their perspectives on their relationships with their mothers. Three focus groups and 46 individual interviews were conducted with children to gather their experiences. The research findings demonstrate that women's and children's victimizations are inextricably linked, and that domestic violence affects mother-child relationships. They also show that, despite the challenges and difficulties, children generally consider their mothers as very significant individuals in their lives, and have close relationships with them. The findings also reveal a dynamic of mutual protectiveness.

Type of Publication: 
Journal article
Category: 
Canadian CW research