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Health-related experiences of family court and domestic abuse in England: A looming public health crisis

Dalgarno, Elizabeth; Ayeb-Karlsson, Sonja; Bramwell, Donna; Barnett, Adrienne; Verma, Arpana; (2024) Health-related experiences of family court and domestic abuse in England: A looming public health crisis. Journal of Family Trauma, Child Custody & Child Development pp. 1-28. 10.1080/26904586.2024.2307609. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Domestic abuse is known to be harmful to victim-survivor mothers’ well-being, and women are disadvantaged by gender-biased systems in England. Less is known, however, about victims’ experiences with family court specifically in relation to their mental and physical health. Interviews with 45 mothers were conducted to explore these experiences. Two main themes are presented here: (1) physical and mental health experiences associated with family court proceedings and (2) parental alienation allegations as a weapon to trap, silence, and pathologise mothers. From these themes, a conceptual framework was developed: Court and Perpetrator Induced Trauma (CPIT). These findings may have global significance for services and practitioners who work with mothers exposed to family court.

Type: Article
Title: Health-related experiences of family court and domestic abuse in England: A looming public health crisis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/26904586.2024.2307609
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/26904586.2024.2307609
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors 2024. Original content in this paper is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Domestic abuse, family court, gender-based violence, parental alienation, private law, suicide, trauma, women’s health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10186686
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