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Universal Credit, Gender and Structural Abuse.

Parker, J. and Veasey, K., 2021. Universal Credit, Gender and Structural Abuse. The Journal of Adult Protection. (In Press)

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DOI: 10.1108/JAP-05-2021-0018

Abstract

Joint couple payments under Universal Credit tend to privilege male partners, which may entrap women in abusive relationships, foster poverty, and are indicative of gendered structural abuse. Through a critical review of the literature and qualitative interviews with third sector support workers we explore the impacts that Universal Credit has on women, especially those in abusive partnerships. Current welfare processes reinforce patriarchal assumptions and are indicative of the structural abuse of women. This has increased during the lockdowns imposed to tackle COVID-19. This paper argues that there needs to be a wider a recognition of gender power relations and the concept of structural abuse in policy formation and implementation. This paper argues that there needs to be a wider a recognition of gender power relations and the concept of structural abuse in policy formation and implementation.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1466-8203
Uncontrolled Keywords:domestic violence and abuse ; structural abuse ; Universal Credit ; COVID-19 ; welfare reform ; support workers
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:35863
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:05 Aug 2021 14:58
Last Modified:08 Sep 2021 13:51

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