Communities, care and domestic violence

Paula Wilcox

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Whilst there has been a resurgence of interest in community in many fields in the UK this has been singularly missing in relation to domestic violence. Relatively little is known about informal community networks and their responsiveness to survivors of domestic violence and the intersections of these with formal agency networks. This paper argues that (mis)understandings of domestic violence, a focus on agency/state responses and the traditional association of discourses of caring with women have all been important contributory factors here. Drawing on an empirical study on the informal support of survivors in the north of England in the mid 1990s and current research with survivors in the south of England this paper reviews the evidence for arguing that, whilst community-based work against domestic violence raises particularly complex challenges, it is nevertheless essential to explore this as an additional strategy in tackling domestic violence
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)722-747
Number of pages26
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006


  • gender
  • gendered power relations
  • inter-personal violence


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