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Description - Childhood Experiences of Domestic Violence by Caroline McGee

Based on the first-hand accounts of children and their mothers regarding their experiences of both domestic violence and support services, this is the first book to examine children's experiences of a range of service provision in response to domestic violence. It seeks to encourage a more effective and professional approach in the services that aim to support and protect children, highlighting both the strengths and the shortcomings of existing professional interventions and illustrating the range of problems that children face when they are living with domestic violence. Drawing on a unique, three-year research project into domestic violence and the support and protection of children, the book explores: * the types of violence experienced by mothers and witnessed by children * the types of abuse children are subjected to * children's understanding of domestic violence * children's and mothers' views of how best to protect children and their perception of the support services * the barriers for children and mothers to seeking help. The book assesses the role and response of the social services, police, refuge staff, solicitors and barristers, voluntary organisations and the agencies of health, education and housing. It describes approaches to existing problems, emphasising the importance of a child-focused response and concludes by recommending improvements for policy and practice.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781853028274
ISBN-10: 1853028274
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Caroline McGee

Caroline McGee is a Research Officer with the NSPCC Child Protection Research Group. Her main research interests are violence against women and children, surviving trauma and involving children in research. She is currently completing a PhD in Psychology on the survival strategies of women in rape situations, at Birkbeck College, University of London.