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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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Survivors of domestic violence, community and care

Survivors of domestic violence, community and care

(p.121) Eight Survivors of domestic violence, community and care
Care, community and citizenship

Paula Wilcox

Policy Press

This chapter extends an earlier discussion on communities and their responsiveness to domestic violence survivors, drawing on empirical research carried out in 2005 and 2006 with survivors in the south of England. It looks at how dominant definitions of domestic violence have tended to exclude community considerations, and then examines state-sponsored policies and their influences on work against domestic violence. From this point the chapter addresses the need to approach work in the community with a gendered and raced lens, moving on to explore domestic violence survivors' different motivations for involvement in community groups, in contrast to dominant ideas about responsible citizenship used in public discourse. Lastly, the chapter considers the links between traditionally gendered discourses of caring and their impact on the hidden nature of domestic violence survivors. It concludes by arguing that there is a duty of care to address the support of domestic violence survivors in communities.

Keywords:   community-based care, domestic violence survivors, community involvement, duty of care

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