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“Take my father away from home”: children growing up in the proximity of violence

Weinehall Katarina

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/9781861346032.003.0009
“Take my father away from home”: children growing up in the proximity of violence

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This chapter focuses on young people's narratives of growing up in the proximity of violence. The discussion draws on the author's research into experiences of violence in families, which constituted the first major research project on men's violence against women and children's experiences and perspectives of violence in Sweden. These narratives give a disturbing picture of the ‘child-friendly’ welfare system in Sweden. As experienced from the position of a victimised child, the professional actors involved collaborate to make the problem of the father's violence invisible, to keep the crimes hidden, and to allow the child to be forgotten.

Keywords: narratives; family violence; domestic violence; Swedish welfare system; Sweden; violent fathers

Chapter.  6738 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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