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Children's Needs Coping Strategies and Understanding of Woman Abuse

This is a multi-methodological study of childrens understanding of woman abuse, how children who are living with women abuse cope, and an assessment of their needs from their perspectives and those of their non-abusing carers and relevant professionals. The applicants will administer two age-appropriate questionnaires to at least 1000 children, aged 8-11 and 12-16, accessed through schools and youth settings. The aim of this phase of the work will be to obtain a picture of how children and young people in general understand domestic violence. Through contact with multiagency forums in two contrasted areas of the country, and with a third sample consisting of black children reached through black-run agencies, the qualitative phase of the work will then consist of interviews with 40-50 children who have recently left situations of domestic violence, as well as with their mothers and relevant professionals. Interviews will focus on what the children understand about why they left home, how they felt about it, whether they tried to tell anyone, what was and what was not helpful, and what reactions others saw in them. Those interviews will be followed over at least a one-year period. Findings will help prevention and intervention responses to be better planned

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Fear and loving

Author: Audrey Mullender Date: 28 January 2003 Journal article