Hierarchies of harm: historicising familial violence in Australia

Featherstone, Lisa and Kaladelfos, Amanda (2014) Hierarchies of harm: historicising familial violence in Australia. Australian Feminist Studies, 29 81: 306-324. doi:10.1080/08164649.2014.958122

Author Featherstone, Lisa
Kaladelfos, Amanda
Title Hierarchies of harm: historicising familial violence in Australia
Journal name Australian Feminist Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0816-4649
Publication date 2014-10-23
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08164649.2014.958122
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 29
Issue 81
Start page 306
End page 324
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This article interrogates the prosecution of familial sexual crimes in 1950s Australia, a decade where the family was considered the bedrock of society. Using criminal trial transcripts from the period, we analyse how offenders, victims, families, lawyers and judges understood familial sexual abuse. We examine the contours of cases heard by New South Wales (NSW) higher courts in the 1950s, analysing three important themes: conceptualisations of the harm and violence in familial abuse; the relationship between offenders’ explanations of familial abuse and the gender dynamics of the family and how financial constraints on women in the family impeded reporting of sexual abuse.
Keyword Familial sexual violence
Familial sexual crimes
New South Wales (NSW)
Familial abuse
Gender dynamics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Details of article available on journal website: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cafs20/29/81

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