Children's Everyday Lives Shadowed by Stalking: Postseparation Stalking Narratives of Finnish Children and Women

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Abstract

This qualitative study discusses postseparation stalking and its implications in children's everyday lives. Based on narratives of 13 Finnish children and 20 women, the research fills a gap in the knowledge regarding the psychosocial, emotional, and physical impacts of stalking on children when their mothers are stalked by a former partner. It identifies four forms of impact: (a) an atmosphere of fear and feelings of insecurity; (b) disguised acts of stalking and the father's performance of care, love, and longing; (c) exploitation of children in stalking; and (d) physical abuse, acts of violence, and threats of death. The findings indicate that stalking severely constrains children's everyday lives and strengthens, yet often distorts, the mother–child bond. The study concludes that in cases where mothers are stalked, professionals in the social and health services, law enforcement, and criminal justice should view the children, too, as victims and construct supportive social relationships for women and children facing threatening life situations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)830-845
Number of pages16
Journal Violence and Victims
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Sociology

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