The challenge of violence against women should be recognised as an issue for the state, citizenship and the whole community. This book examines how responses by the state sanction violence against women and shape a woman’s citizenship long after she has escaped from a violent partner.
Drawing from a long-term study of women’s lives in Australia, including before and after a relationship with a violent partner, it investigates the effects of intimate partner violence on aspects of everyday life including housing, employment, mental health and social participation.
The book contributes to theoretical explanations of violence against women by reframing it through the lens of sexual politics. Finally it offers critical insights for the development of social policy and practice.
Suzanne Franzway is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of South Australia. Her research focusses on sexual politics, greedy institutions, gendered violence and citizenship, and epistemologies of ignorance. She is a scholar activist in the area of women and work, serving on NGOs and is founding member of the UNESCO Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Research Network.
Dr Nicole Moulding is a social work academic with research and teaching interests in gendered violence and mental health at the University of South Australia. Prior to moving into academia, she worked as a social worker in women’s health.
Sarah Wendt is Professor of Social Work at the University of South Australia and has been researching and publishing on violence against women and social work practice for over a decade. Prior to academia Sarah practiced as a social worker in the field of domestic violence.
Dr Carole Zufferey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy at the University of South Australia. She has been researching gendered violence and homelessness for over two decades. Prior to being an academic, she was a social work practitioner in diverse practice contexts, in rural and urban locations, in Australia and the UK.
Donna Chung is Professor of Social Work at Curtin University. Her research interest in gendered violence has involved a number of national studies in Australia and the UK. She has worked as a consultant for governments on domestic and family violence policy and is an invited member of a number government and non-government committees involved with ending men’s violence.
Introduction – gendered inequality, violence and the state;
The problem of citizenship, violence and gender;
The challenges in researching gendered violence;
How violence disrupts women’s lives;
The impact of violence on material conditions;
Gendered violence and the self;
How violence disrupts citizenship;
Struggles for citizenship.