This article critically reviews current knowledge on abused women who abuse their children. First, the stage is set by examining the history of handling this sensitive issue by the battered women's movement and child welfare services, pointing at its marginalization by both scholars and practitioners. Then the empirical research on this phenomenon is presented, following by a discussion of why this scholarship is so limited. The article concludes by outlining a proposal for an alternative feminist scholarship on this topic.
- Child abuse
- Children exposed to domestic violence
- Overlap of domestic violence and child abuse
- The battered women's movement
- Violent mothers
- Woman abuse