Abuse and Protection Issues across the Lifespan: Reviewing the Literature


Sherwood-Johnson F, Hogg J & Daniel B (2010) Abuse and Protection Issues across the Lifespan: Reviewing the Literature. Social Policy and Society, 9 (2), pp. 291-304.

The literature is reviewed: (a) comparing models of abuse and protection applied at each stage of the lifespan; and (b) exploring abuse and protection issues with respect to individuals over time. A paucity of comparative and lifespan work in the field of abuse and protection is reported. Within the available literature, different types of knowledge are drawn upon and contrasted definitions of ‘abuse’ and ‘protection’ employed. Accordingly, the most significant findings of the review are in the dissonances and the gaps surrounding the substantive findings. Examples are presented to demonstrate this, while new directions for discussion and research are proposed.

; Domestic violence; Wife abuse; Family violence; Child abuse Law and legislation; Violence (Law); Human services

Social Policy and Society: Volume 9, Issue 2

Publication date30/04/2010
PublisherCambridge University Press