Growing up in a violent home: The lived experience of daughters of battered women


Journal Article

Although children of battered women have received increased attention in recent years, little is known about the lived experience of growing up in a home in which the mother and possibly others are regularly abused. To better understand the family as context, life histories were collected from 10 resilient adult daughters who had grown up in violent homes. This report of the biological, social, cultural, and psychosocial dimensions of their experience reveals lives in which tension, fear, and episodes of violence were pervasive. Although not invulnerable, these daughters of battered women were able to maintain a sense of self and live rewarding lives, despite concerns about stigma and retribution. © 2001 Sage Publications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Humphreys, JC

Published Date

  • January 1, 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 244 - 260

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-549X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1074-8407

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/107484070100700303

Citation Source

  • Scopus