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Tackling men's violence in familiesNordic issues and dilemmas$
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Maria Eriksson, Marianne Hester, and Suvi Keskinen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346032

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346032.001.0001

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

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

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(p.136) (p.137) Nine “Take my father away from home”: children growing up in the proximity of violence
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Tackling men's violence in families
Author(s):

Weinehall Katarina

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346032.003.0009

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

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