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This book examines children's experiences and perspectives on living with domestic violence. It offers a detailed explanation of the impact on children living with domestic violence, how children make sense of and cope with their experiences, the response they receive from various agencies and the fit between what children feel they need and what in reality they receive. Drawing on the newest research both in the United Kingdom and internationally, the authors bring together current policy and practice in relation to children living with abuse and offer a critique from the perspective of children's voices.

Researching with Children on a Sensitive Topic
Researching with children on a sensitive topic

The research on which this book draws (see also Mullender et al., 2000) was based chiefly on asking children about their own understandings and experiences of domestic violence. The shift this represents in social attitudes towards children – in taking their views more seriously (see Chapter 1) – was summed up by some of the children who helped to pilot our research. They felt their statements would not count because they were ‘just something that children think’ and they had to be reassured that this was very far from the case. Their fears bear testimony to an ‘anti-child bias’ in our society (Alderson, 1995, p. 79), of which children themselves are all ...

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