Locked down? Speaking from the shadows and silence for survival

Hussein, Rima (2022) Locked down? Speaking from the shadows and silence for survival. Gender, Work & Organization. ISSN 0968-6673 (In Press)

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I write to speak of silencing and the suffering of survivors of domestic abuse in the family courts of England and Wales and the struggle to find a voice to articulate the hardship faced in this lockdown through court. It has taken the whole period of lockdown to find the words, the courage to keep writing, even as tears stream down my face, even as I sit in a virtual court hearing, even as my voice breaks as I fight to be heard. This text is a glimpse into a world that is hidden in plain view, where I will share fragments of my lived experience. I am scared to write but know I speak or am lost in the silent void that I have known for too long. Domestic abuse and the taboo around it screams at me to remain unseen, hidden, and invisible. I keep returning to find the words, as the very real cost of not naming the violence and reaching out to speak through it is too high. The fragmented account that follows is a raw telling of living life through the court system; it is written to share a voice that was unheard in the family law court and has been minimized, side-lined, ordered, and silenced through 3 years of the court journey and the embodied effects this has had. It moves between space and time to show a journey endured. Can you hear me? Will you bear witness?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: activism, domestic abuse, family law court, silencing
Subjects: L100 Economics
L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 12:35
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 12:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49344

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