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Peter Squires

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347305

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347305.001.0001

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Community safety, the family and domestic violence

Community safety, the family and domestic violence

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Community safety

Paula Wilcox

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the historical development of initiatives against ‘domestic violence’ (which have largely resulted from feminist organising), examining the influence of community safety discourse and activity. It explores why community safety approaches have been less influential in relation to ‘domestic violence’ than feminist approaches. It considers feminist theory on the family and women's safety and how this has impacted on feminist initiatives against male violence. It examines community safety initiatives, and the deconstruction of ‘community’ and ‘safety’. It examines how Western understandings of ‘domestic violence’ have led to a focus on state/agency responses, and how this has been underpinned by gendered discourses of caring.

Keywords:   domestic violence, community safety, feminist approaches, male violence, deconstruction, gendered discourses, caring

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