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Listening to children’s experiences of being participant witnesses to domestic violence

Margareta Hydén

in Social work and child welfare politics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.003.0009
Listening to children’s experiences of being participant witnesses to domestic violence

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This chapter pays attention to some of the methodological steps that need to be taken to meet such methodological concerns. It also presents some of the narrative accounts of children’s experiences of their mothers being beaten. The first of the chapter’s methodological steps is aimed at finding a useful way of conceptualising the child’s experience. The second methodological step concerns the development of useful research strategies that will serve the purpose of considering the children’s perspectives. The third methodological step is aimed at developing a useful way of conducting the analysis. The children’s understanding of the situation and their understanding of the police can be seen in the children’s narratives illustrated in the chapter. Common to all the children’s narratives is that their siblings are spoken of as important, as those with whom they share their living conditions. The theme of aggression surfaces in all conversations with the children.

Keywords: domestic violence; children’s experiences; participant witness; police; narratives; aggression

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