Beyond the Physical Incident Model: How Children Living with Domestic Violence are Harmed by and Resist Regimes of Coercive Control

Katz, Emma (2015) Beyond the Physical Incident Model: How Children Living with Domestic Violence are Harmed by and Resist Regimes of Coercive Control. Child Abuse Review, 25 (1). pp. 46-59. ISSN 1099-0852

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Abstract

This article begins to build knowledge of how non-violent coercive controlling behaviours can be central to children’s experiences of domestic violence. It considers how children can be harmed by, and resist, coercive controlling tactics perpetrated by their father/father-figure against their mother. Already, we know much about how women/mothers experience non-physical forms of domestic violence, including psychological/emotional/verbal and financial abuse, isolation and monitoring of their activities. However, this knowledge has not yet reached most research on children and domestic violence, which tends to focus on children’s exposure to physical violence. In this qualitative study, 30 participants from the UK, 15 mothers and 15 of their children (most aged 10–14) who had separated from domestic violence perpetrators, participated in semi-structured interviews. All participants were living in the community. Using the Framework approach to thematically analyse the data, findings indicated that perpetrators’/fathers’ coercive control often prevented children from spending time with their mothers and grandparents, visiting other children’s houses and engaging in extra-curricular activities. These non-violent behaviours from perpetrators/fathers placed children in isolated, disempowering and constrained worlds which could hamper children’s resilience and development and contribute to emotional/behavioural problems. Implications for practice and the need to empower children in these circumstances are discussed. KEY PRACTITIONER MESSAGES: - Children experiencing domestic violence may be affected by more than the physical violence perpetrated by one parent against the other. - Children may be harmed by non-physical abusive behaviours inherent to coercive control-based domestic violence, including continual monitoring, isolation and verbal/emotional/psychological and financial abuses. - Responsibility for the impacts on children of coercive control-based domestic violence should be placed with the perpetrator (usually fathers/ father-figures) and not with the victimised parent (usually mothers).

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Additional Information and Comments: This is the peer reviewed version of the following Katz, E. (2015) Beyond the Physical Incident Model: How Children Living with Domestic Violence are Harmed By and Resist Regimes of Coercive Control. Child Abuse Rev., doi: 10.1002/car.2422. which has been published in final form at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/car.2422/abstract. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
Keywords: domestic violence/domestic abuse; school-aged child; parents/mothers/ fathers; perpetrators; qualitative study
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Work, Care and Justice
Depositing User: Andrew Taylor
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2016 15:54
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 15:54
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1228

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