Intersectionality and adolescent domestic violence and abuse: addressing ‘classed sexism’ and improving service provision

O'Brien, Rhona (2016) Intersectionality and adolescent domestic violence and abuse: addressing ‘classed sexism’ and improving service provision. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 9 (3). pp. 161-173.

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The complex interrelationships between age, class, ethnicity, poverty, sexual orientation and a number of other social divisions have a significant impact upon the experience of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) (Sokoloff & Dupont, 2006). In dialogue with other feminist approaches to marginalised identities (Crenshaw, 1993, Skeggs 1997, Brah & Phoenix, 2004, Yuval-Davis, 2006), this qualitative study explores the intersection of age, class and gender as experienced by adolescent service users living within an economically deprived neighbourhood in the North West of England. To better understand experiences of DVA, the ways in which multiple oppressions intersect warrants consideration, particularly in light of claims that socio-economic and ethnic marginalisation has the potential to increase the risk of exposure to interpersonal violence (Sokoloff & Pratt, 2006). Through privileging the experiences and knowledge of survivors and practitioners, this article highlights significant risks for adolescent survivors and suggests ways in which targeted support might be improved. The findings conclude that central government and local councils might confront the impact of intersecting oppressions by addressing ‘classed sexism’ in early intervention and educational strategies to effect lasting change (Essed, 1991).

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2056-4902
Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS)
Additional Information: (Journal previously published as 'Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care'.)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 10:44
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 16:02


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