Trajectories and Turning Points in Women's Experiences of Violence: The Role of Motherhood

Carolyn Yule, University of Toronto

ABSTRACT
Developmental frameworks highlight the importance of involvement in conventional roles and activities in reducing criminal involvement. This study investigates the reciprocal influences between women's participation a conventional female role, that of mother, and women's violent experiences. I will examine questions important to developmental perspectives, such as whether such "turning points" as entry into motherhood as well as "exit" from motherhood redirect women's violence trajectories.

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