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“Talking feels like you wouldn’t love Dad anymore”: children’s emotions, close relations and domestic violence

Forsberg Hannele

in Tackling men's violence in families

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346032
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303640 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346032.003.0004
“Talking feels like you wouldn’t love Dad anymore”: children’s emotions, close relations and domestic violence

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Children's emotions – as described by children themselves – have not been very widely portrayed in social scientific research on family and close relationships in general, or in literature on violence in familial relationships or child abuse in particular. This chapter attempts to capture the way children exposed to violence in their own homes construct emotions related to familial relationships, especially emotions connected to the violent father. It focuses on how and with what words children speak of their emotions during the process of recovering from violence, in situations where children's workers at shelters, specialised in helping children exposed to violence, make space for these children's ‘emotion work’. The data are derived from treatment encounters with children in Finnish shelters of the Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, and from interviews conducted with the children approximately a year after the close of the helping period.

Keywords: children's emotions; domestic violence; family relationships; violent fathers; Finnish shelters

Chapter.  7264 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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