Domestic violence during the pandemic: ‘By and for’ frontline practitioners’ mediation of practice and policies to support racially minoritised women

Anitha, Sundari and Gill, Aisha. K. (2022) Domestic violence during the pandemic: ‘By and for’ frontline practitioners’ mediation of practice and policies to support racially minoritised women. Organization, 29 (3). pp. 460-477. ISSN 1350-5084

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F13505084221074039

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Abstract

This article analyses 26 interviews with frontline female practitioners from domestic violence and abuse (DVA) services for racially minoritised women in England and Wales, exploring how these practitioners—who are from the same racially minoritised communities as the women they support—responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. These specific practitioner perspectives offer valuable insights into the specific ways in which the pandemic exacerbated the intersectional vulnerabilities of minoritised women experiencing DVA. Interpreted through a standpoint feminist lens, the findings reveal how frontline practitioners used bureaucratic discretion both to meet minoritised women’s changed needs during the pandemic in order to enhance their safety and to challenge the exclusions and intersectional inequalities underpinning pandemic policies. The study illuminates the institutional dimensions of frontline practitioner responses to the pandemic and contribute to debates within the street-level bureaucracy scholarship about the nature of bureaucratic discretion exercised by frontline practitioners.

Keywords:COVID-19, Black and minority ethnic/minoritised women, domestic violence and abuse, intersectionality, standpoint feminism, street level bureaucracy
Subjects:L Social studies > L310 Applied Sociology
L Social studies > L300 Sociology
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:47711
Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 15:41

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