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Mothers in Cases of Incest in Turkey: Views and Experiences of Professionals

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This paper aims to understand how professionals view non-offending mothers in cases of incest. Its data is based on a larger qualitative research project with 98 professionals in Turkey, including both frontline workers and those who join the process after the disclosure of abuse and are contacted professionally in incest cases. In spite of the differences in their views, the interviewed professionals have acknowledged the critical role of the mother in various phases of incest from disclosure of abuse to the treatment of the victim. However, they have also pointed out the insufficiencies and ambivalences of the mothers in terms of dealing properly with incest by underlining their economic and social vulnerability. The results reflected that the mothers need to be perceived in another light, understood better and empowered according to their needs to become vital partners within the support system combating incestuous abuse.

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This study is based on data from a larger research project, “Understanding the Problem of Incest in Turkey,” which was funded by the United Nations Population Fund and conducted by the Population Association, Turkey. We would like to thank the research team and the professionals interviewed for their participation and Alanur Çavlin-Bozbeyoğlu for her encouragement and support for this study. We intend this research to benefit victims of incest and their mothers.

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Kardam, F., Bademci, E. Mothers in Cases of Incest in Turkey: Views and Experiences of Professionals. J Fam Viol 28, 253–263 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-013-9495-z

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