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Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 455–473 | Cite as

Children’s Descriptions of Participation Processes in Interventions for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

  • Åsa K. CaterEmail author
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Abstract

In recent years, interventions have been developed to meet the needs of children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). This study explores and analyses processes of participation during counselling as described by 29 children who had received community-based intervention for children exposed to IPV. The results of the analysis show how participation processes in the different phases of the intervention are related to three prerequisites for children actually receiving the intervention offered, namely (1) the child getting in contact with the unit, (2) the child starting the intervention process, and, because the intervention is directed at their experiences of IPV, and (3) the child actually talking about the violence. The implications of these results are used to discuss children’s willingness and reluctance to talk about IPV during interventions in which talking about their experiences is thought to be of therapeutic value.

Keywords

Child participation Intimate partner violence Children exposed to domestic violence Intervention Disclosure 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This study was supported by a Grant from the Uppsala Regional Council in Sweden. This support does not necessarily imply endorsement by the funder of research conclusions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Law, Psychology and Social WorkÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden

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