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Denmark is likely one of the so much revolutionary international locations by way of kin aid regulations. This booklet, besides the fact that, unearths a backdrop of lowered rights, inequalities and family members violence within the lives of susceptible lone moms. if so in Denmark, what's the state of affairs in different nations, together with the united states, the united kingdom and different european member states? reduced rights is a distinct qualitative research that records the day-by-day lives of weak lone moms and their teenagers in Denmark. lack of rights, gender and ethnic inequality, and family members violence all become key issues, with far-reaching overseas implications. The booklet: *· provides vibrant case tales to light up the voices and reviews of the ladies fascinated about the examine *· identifies lone moms as a part of an rising post-modern underclass in Denmark *· highlights the anxious occurrence of household violence that pervades many lone moms' lives *· increases questions round criminal and baby custody rights and the inability of redress in a patriarchal justice approach. coverage and perform concepts are made with wide-ranging functions for a world viewers of coverage makers, practitioners and lecturers.

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The families in our study live with unpredictable events which often cause unpredictable expenses, and many times the consequence is the collapse of an already tenuous household economy. According to the logic of the social welfare system, almost all life events are controllable and therefore should be anticipated so that expenses are planned and predictable. The law places the burden of responsibility on a lone mother in need of 25 Diminished rights assistance to somehow predict her future needs and problems: she should predict, for example, that she will need baby equipment when she becomes pregnant, she should clairvoyantly foretell when secondhand appliances will wear out and break down, anticipate when her children will become sick, and most importantly, plan ahead if and when she escapes from a violent partner that such an action will incur extra expenses!

She is concerned about both her sons, for Mark’s learning difficulties and stomach pains, and Søren’s emotional and health problems, appear directly related to the severe economic and emotional stress endured during critical phases of their development. The social system and the school system have either not known about or not realized the significance of these difficult experiences, and therefore they have offered little assistance or support to Hanne and her children. Thus far Hanne has proven to be a resilient survivor, but chronic and long-term stress may erode the energies and resources of even the strongest of lone mothers.

Hanne and Søren Hanne’s pregnancy and Søren’s early infancy were fraught with multiple traumas – Hanne’s shock of witnessing a murder, premature labour, a court trial, and Søren’s chronic health problems, necessitating three hernia operations. During one of the operations Søren did not wake up from the anaesthesia, and Hanne had him baptized for fear he would die. After he recovered he developed an eating disorder and Hanne would sometimes make him sit at the dinner table for up to one-and-a-half hours in order to get him to eat some food.

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