Double Pressure: The Motherhood Experiences of Battered Women
Ling-Fei Kuo(Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung)、Siu-Ping Ma(Dept of Sociology, National Taiwan University)
This study explores the kinds of motherhood experiences of battered women under great double pressure of abuse and motherhood. To establish credibility of the study, we attempt triangulation method: first, we use a few methods of information gathering, including depth interviews, participant observation, and reading case records; secondly, we include mother-daughter pair subjects as support data. The two important findings are: 1) motherhood has both positive and negative impacts on abuse experience. The negative impact is that the abuser uses child(ren) as a threat to abuse; battered women can not escape from battering even during pregnancy, giving birth, and post giving birth, and they can not leave the situation because of motherhood. The positive impact is that battered women are willing to suffer, survive, resist, and even escape the violent situation for the love to their children. 2) Battered women face four kinds of motherhood problems including having no money, no power to provide their child(ren) good loving care; being isolated, finding no way to prevent their child(ren) from being hurt, and not the least important, cannot repair the broken bond between mother-daughter. Therefore, we strongly advise that the Welfare Department and the marital violence prevention and treatment services provide appropriate coping services to the battered mothers in need.
marital violence, battered women, motherhood