There are many people who have contributed to this book. The research studies on which we draw substantially have been collective enterprises where the work was shared with colleagues and research assistants. These people have, as our co-researchers, contributed enormously to the conclusions and the ideas expressed in this book: (in alphabetical order) Nicola Dominy, Maja Føgh, Lynne Gordon, Julie Humphries, Anne-Mette Kruse, Chris Pearson, Khalida Qaiser, Sarah Sayer, Jo Scott, Nicole Westmarland, Kandy-Sue Woodfield and women from AMICA.
We are grateful for the funding provided over the years to support the various research projects, in particular from: the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, Surrey County Council, Roehampton University, Aarhus University, Barnardos, NSPCC and the Home Office.
This book would not have been possible without many people being prepared to give up their time to be interviewed, observed, to complete questionnaires and to otherwise be involved in supporting our research investigations. We have tried very hard to give a fair and balanced account of everything they have told us. We hope that all the people who participated in the research on which this book is based are able to support our conclusions and consider the book and their involvement in the research worthwhile.