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Social work and child welfare politicsThrough Nordic lenses$
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Hannele Forsberg and Teppo Kroger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424068

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.001.0001

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

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

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(p.128) (p.129) nine Listening to children’s experiences of being participant witnesses to domestic violence
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Social work and child welfare politics
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Margareta Hydén

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.003.0009

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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