Re-experiencing motherhood: Transformation of relationships between formerly abused women and their children

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Little knowledge exists on abused women's experience of motherhood following divorce. This qualitative study examined perspectives of 12 formerly abused Israeli women, using in-depth interviews. Findings revealed how women managed an ongoing dialogue between former motherhood in violence and significant changes in mother- children relationships after years of victimization and emotional concealment. All women were determined to repair the impact of violence on the mother-children bond. Some succeeded, whereas others could not reconcile painful relationships. The study findings suggest that understanding the familial dynamics is essential: mothers' new roles and children's potential reactions in this context. Implications for practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-580
Number of pages20
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014


  • Abused women
  • Children exposure
  • Motherhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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