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      The relationship between mothers' social networks and severe domestic violence: a test of the social isolation hypothesis.

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      Violence and victims
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          Abstract

          To understand the relationship between characteristics of mothers' social networks and domestic violence, battered mothers who were severely assaulted were compared to battered mothers who were not severely assaulted and mothers who were not assaulted. The results showed that all three groups of mothers had several family members in their social networks with whom they had frequent contact during the past month. No differences were found between the groups on the number of family members who gave emotional support. However, the mothers who were severely assaulted had fewer friends, fewer contacts with their friends, fewer long-term friendships, and fewer friends who really listened to them than did the nonbattered mothers and the battered mothers who were not severely assaulted. Batterers may be more successful in disrupting friendship ties than family ties.

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          Journal
          Violence Vict
          Violence and victims
          Springer Publishing Company
          0886-6708
          0886-6708
          2007
          : 22
          : 4
          Affiliations
          [1 ] School of Social Work, University of lowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA. carol-coohey@uiowa.edu
          Article
          10.1891/088667007781554008
          17691556
          9a0c49d7-e497-4a07-b501-a4ba44bc732d

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