Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Child Abuse Review: Children’s Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse
Domestic abuse is a significant health and social issue and one that has serious, long-term consequences for all those on the receiving end, particularly women and their children. A great deal of domestic abuse occurs when children are present, or nearby. Their experience of it may range from directly experiencing the abuse themselves, being hurt when intervening, to hearing events from afar. Whatever their individual experience, there is substantial evidence that domestic abuse is harmful to children. It has serious, negative, long-term consequences for their health and social wellbeing. Overall, domestic abuse affects the entire family unit, including children. It threatens stability within the home and undermines relationships between mothers, fathers and children. The corollary is potential for short and long-term psychosocial harm for the children involved.
Professionals in all settings who work with children and families should be able to deal with domestic abuse confidently and provide effective, safe responses. Although many respond appropriately, evidence suggests that some fail to make a connection between domestic abuse and the wellbeing/safety of any children involved. Specifically, the detrimental impacts on mother/child relationships are often underestimated. Consequently, interventions that might ameliorate a threatened relationship are lost. This special edition highlights children’s safeguarding and domestic abuse as connected issues, and particularly the relational consequences of domestic abuse. Papers are invited that address any aspect of policy, theory or practice regarding children’s safeguarding and domestic abuse. Those that focus on strengthening relationships between parents and children are particularly welcomed. A multidisciplinary perspective is expected drawn from national and international contributors.
If you would like to discuss a possible contribution, please contact the editors for this special issue: at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Abstracts are required by the end April 2014.