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ERIC Number: EJ947065
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1357-5279
Women's Refuges as Intervention Arenas for Children Who Experience Domestic Violence
Overlien, Carolina
Child Care in Practice, v17 n4 p375-391 2011
For over 30 years, children have been accompanying their mothers to women's refuges. We now know that these children are at risk of developing an array of behavioural and psychological difficulties. We also know the importance for children of keeping active and playing while at the refuge, and to be given the possibility of addressing and dealing with their own experiences of violence. However, we know very little about how children experience these interventions. This study analyses children's discourse about their everyday lives at refuges in Norway. The questions asked are: what interventions do children in refuges in Norway receive and how do the children experience those interventions? The analysis shows that the children focus on two forms of interventions as particularly helpful, activities (trips, "outings", and so on) and individual counselling. Furthermore, as the most important intervention for a child who experiences domestic violence is to remove him/her from a seriously violent environment, the refuge stay in itself can be perceived as an intervention. In the discussion, the author describes how and why refuges represent a unique opportunity for interventions with children. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Norway