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.

Children's Coping Strategies

Children's coping strategies

This chapter moves on to explore how children cope with living with domestic violence, as well as their advice to other children on the basis of their own experiences. It once again draws on children's own words, as expressed in in-depth interviews with the research team. As we discussed in Chapter 1, far from being ‘blank sheets’, children adopt individual coping strategies and have their own particular perspectives on what is happening to them. We heard many examples of how children had tried to make sense of the events in their lives and the feelings these had aroused. Many had carefully thought about how they could relieve the situation and had chosen ways to be more passive or active, whichever ...

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