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.
- Abused women
- Children exposure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Gender Studies
- Sociology and Political Science