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Children's experiences and needs in relation to domestic and family violence : findings from a meta‐synthesis Debbie Noble-Carr and Morag McArthur

By: Noble-Carr, Debbie.
Contributor(s): McArthur, Morag.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: Child & Family Social Work.Publisher: Wiley, 2019Subject(s): CHILD EXPOSURE TO VIOLENVE | CHILD WELFARE | CHILDREN | DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | FAMILIES | FAMILY VIOLENCE | INTERVENTION | INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE | SAFETY | VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE | WELLBEING | AUSTRALIAOnline resources: Read abstract In: Child & Family Social Work, 2019, Advance online publication, 7 May 2019Summary: Domestic and family violence is a significant issue experienced by many children that can have severe detrimental impacts to their health, development, and well‐being. Despite the significance of this issue, it is only recently that children have been included in research that seeks to understand the impacts that domestic and family violence may have on their lives. This paper reports on the findings of a meta‐synthesis, which explored qualitative research about children's experiences of domestic and family violence. Thirty‐two studies, including from the United Kingdom, North America, and Australia were included for review. The meta‐synthesis found that children describe domestic violence as being a complex, isolating, and enduring experience that often results in disruption, losses, and challenges to their significant relationships. Children's common feelings of fear, worry, powerlessness, and sadness were also uncovered, in addition to the strategies they employed to try and facilitate the safety and emotional well‐being of themselves and their family. Children's wants and needs are also highlighted. The findings demonstrate that despite the increasing interest in children's experiences of domestic and family violence, qualitative research remains limited, with many gaps evident. Implications for research, policy, and practice are considered. (Authors' abstract). Record #6263
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Child & Family Social Work, 2019, Advance online publication, 7 May 2019

Domestic and family violence is a significant issue experienced by many children that can have severe detrimental impacts to their health, development, and well‐being. Despite the significance of this issue, it is only recently that children have been included in research that seeks to understand the impacts that domestic and family violence may have on their lives. This paper reports on the findings of a meta‐synthesis, which explored qualitative research about children's experiences of domestic and family violence. Thirty‐two studies, including from the United Kingdom, North America, and Australia were included for review. The meta‐synthesis found that children describe domestic violence as being a complex, isolating, and enduring experience that often results in disruption, losses, and challenges to their significant relationships. Children's common feelings of fear, worry, powerlessness, and sadness were also uncovered, in addition to the strategies they employed to try and facilitate the safety and emotional well‐being of themselves and their family. Children's wants and needs are also highlighted. The findings demonstrate that despite the increasing interest in children's experiences of domestic and family violence, qualitative research remains limited, with many gaps evident. Implications for research, policy, and practice are considered. (Authors' abstract). Record #6263