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Subjection, Subjectivity, and Agency: The Power, Meaning, and Practice of Mothering Among Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Abuse

NCJ Number
245914
Journal
Violence Against Women Volume: 19 Issue: 1 Dated: January 2013 Pages: 69-88
Author(s)
Ingrid Semaan; Jana L. Jasinski; Anne Bubriski-McKenzie
Date Published
January 2013
Length
19 pages
Annotation
Drawing on in-depth interviews with mothers who were abused by intimate partners, we argue that mothering can be a source of empowerment that helps battered women both care for their children and survive and assert themselves.
Abstract
Drawing on in-depth interviews with mothers who were abused by intimate partners, we argue that mothering can be a source of empowerment that helps battered women both care for their children and survive and assert themselves. Women in the study sample described a violation of some aspect of their mothering as the reason they left their partners. However, narrative analysis exposed contradictions in participants' stories, revealing multiple factors that shaped their decisions to leave. Although motherhood was significant for the women who participated in the study, it was not their only motivation for ending their relationships with abusive partners. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage.