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Mothers’ understandings of ‘home’ after relationship separation and divorce

Campo, Monica; Fehlberg, Belinda; Natalier, Kristin; Smyth, Bruce

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This paper explores 35 mothers’ understandings of home after relationship separation, along with barriers and facilitators to creating home post-separation. No previous research has done so. We found that for mothers, like their children, home was complex and multidimensional, and rarely defined just in terms of physical space. Rather, it was a relational concept, with physical space providing the context for relationships with family, neighbourhood and community, to feel safe, and the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorCampo, Monica
dc.contributor.authorFehlberg, Belinda
dc.contributor.authorNatalier, Kristin
dc.contributor.authorSmyth, Bruce
dc.date.accessioned2021-02-11T22:27:21Z
dc.identifier.issn0141-8033
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/222846
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores 35 mothers’ understandings of home after relationship separation, along with barriers and facilitators to creating home post-separation. No previous research has done so. We found that for mothers, like their children, home was complex and multidimensional, and rarely defined just in terms of physical space. Rather, it was a relational concept, with physical space providing the context for relationships with family, neighbourhood and community, to feel safe, and the opportunity to be oneself. More than half the mothers in the study reported experiencing domestic and family violence by their former partners and, for some, this had continued after separation. While the ongoing impacts of domestic and family violence significantly challenged some mothers’ ability to create home, separation and a level of liberation from violence could also mean that they were able to create home for the first time for themselves and their children.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Group
dc.rights© 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
dc.sourceJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
dc.source.urihttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09649069.2020.1837514
dc.subjectHome
dc.subjectmothers
dc.subjectpostseparation parenting
dc.subjectdomestic and family violence
dc.subjectdivorce
dc.subjectseparation
dc.titleMothers’ understandings of ‘home’ after relationship separation and divorce
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume42
dc.date.issued2020
local.identifier.absfor180113 - Family Law
local.identifier.ariespublicationu1095328xPUB66
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09649069.2020.1837514
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationCampo, Monica, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationFehlberg, Belinda, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
local.contributor.affiliationNatalier, Kristin, Flinders University
local.contributor.affiliationSmyth, Bruce, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP180102799
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.identifier.doi10.1080/09649069.2020.1837514
local.identifier.absseo940405 - Law Reform
dc.date.updated2020-11-08T07:19:43Z
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