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.
Chapter 1: Children in Their Own Issue: A Shift of Approach
Children in Their Own Issue: A Shift of Approach
No precise figures are available as to how many children in the UK live with domestic violence.1 We do know, however, that there are many and that they are everywhere because this can be extrapolated from studies of the number of women who experience abuse. Mooney (1994), for example, had self-reports from approaching one in three women, across all social and ethnic groupings, that they had experienced violence worse than being pushed, grabbed or shaken at some point in their adult lives. Since her study was designed to take a representative sample of the general population of women, we may assume that many of those interviewed had children ...