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Hidden in plain sight: Exploring the lived experience of adolescent-to-mother violence


This project explores the multi-layered experience of adolescent-to-mother violence within families who have experienced domestic violence.


This project’s broad aims are to describe the lived experience of mothers and young people where there is a history of domestic violence from an intimate partner and adolescent-to-mother violence, and to explore how that impacts mothers’ experiences of adolescent-to-mother violence.


The project uses in-depth interviews with mothers and young people, ages 12 to 17, to shed light on their lived experience and the complexity of adolescent-to-mother violence. Mothers all have experienced domestic violence from an intimate partner and are currently experiencing adolescent-to-mother violence.

Methodologically, the project incorporates a phenomenological stance in line with Martin Heidegger’s view of describing the lived experience and an intersectional feminist lens. Interviews with mothers and adolescents explore different aspects of adolescent-to-mother violence.

Conceptually, the use of an intersectional feminist lens will provide an opportunity to explore the adolescent-to-mother violence experience from a coercive control perspective. Moreover, the intersectional feminism lens will include experiences from a variety of perspectives from different social categories women identify with, and explore the role service providers play in women’s help-seeking behaviour and decision-making.


The significance of research in this area lies in how a greater understanding of adolescent-to-mother violence, within the context of the current service provider environment, can be applied to family interventions. Information gleaned from this project will give academics and support workers a better understanding of adolescent-to-mother violence, which will inform professional responses and support services. A more coordinated and effective support service response may provide mothers with a therapeutic option before turning to the police, as well as possibly reduce the risk of adolescents using violence with future partners.

Funding Body

The University of Queensland

Funding Budget


Project start date

April 2018

Expected completion date

April 2022
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