VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN / May 2002Hardesty / SEPARATION ASSAULT
Separation Assault in the Contextof Postdivorce Parenting
An Integrative Review of the Literature
JENNIFER L. HARDESTY
Johns Hopkins University
Although citing violence as a factor in divorce, most researchers do not analyze womanabuse in the postdivorce context. In particular, little research exists on how separationassaultinfluencespostdivorceparenting.Thepurposeofthisarticleistodiscusssepara-tion assault in the context of postdivorce parenting. First, the literature on separationassaultingeneralandthenonseparationassaultinthecontextofpostdivorceparentingisreviewed.Second,thetheoreticalexplanationsforseparationassaultingeneralandinthecontextofpostdivorceparentingisreviewed.Finally,thetheoreticalexplanationsandliterature are critiqued and research and practice implications are discussed.
Over the past two decades
, researchers have become increasinglyaware of the seriousness of violence against women (M. P. John-son&Ferraro,2000;Klein&Orloff,1993;Kurz,1998).Despitethisprogress, many aspects of woman abuse remain invisible andunrecognized. Failure to recognize the pervasiveness of womanabuse results in part from compartmentalized research efforts.Researchers often do not examine the role woman abuse plays intheirparticularareaofstudy.Forexample,researchersinvestigatethe family or violence, women’s health or violence, or divorce orviolence, rather than weave experiences with violence through-out the study of women’s lives (Kurz, 1998). This lack of integra-tioncontributestotheinvisibilityofviolenceagainstwomenandprevents a comprehensive understanding of woman abuse.
597AUTHOR’SNOTE:TheauthorwishestothankLawrenceGanong,MarilynColeman,Mark Fine, Teresa Cooney, and Linda Bullock for their helpful feedback provided on ear-lierversionsofthisarticle.AppreciationisalsoexpressedtoJacquelynCampbellforguid-ance on final preparation of this article.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, Vol. 8 No. 5, May 2002 597-625© 2002 Sage Publications