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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.

Listening to the Children: The Way Ahead
Listening to the children: The way ahead

We conclude this book by drawing out its major themes and, in particular, the key messages for policy and practice. Listening to children who have lived with domestic violence has meant not only hearing voices that were previously silenced, including those from a range of ethnic backgrounds, but seeing familiar problems from a new, child-centred perspective. It has highlighted children's understandings and coping strategies in the face of protracted abuse of their mothers and often themselves. It has moved us on from seeing domestic violence as primarily a child protection issue to seeing it as an educational, health, welfare, civil and criminal justice issue of some complexity. Consequently we are able, below, ...

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