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Title: Young children's narrations of relational recovery: A school-based group for children who have experienced domestic violence
Author(s): Beetham, Tanya
Gabriel, Lynne
James, Hazel
Keywords: Domestic violence
Issue Date: Aug-2019
Date Deposited: 24-Jan-2019
Citation: Beetham T, Gabriel L & James H (2019) Young children's narrations of relational recovery: A school-based group for children who have experienced domestic violence. Journal of Family Violence, 34 (6), pp. 565-575.
Abstract: In the UK, domestic violence (DV) is one of the most common safeguarding concerns children and young people report (CAADA, 2014). However, little is known about how children experience participation in interventions that aim to support their recovery if they have been affected by DV. This study aims to understand children’s experiences of participating in a group programme facilitated by a DV organisation in the UK. Interviews were conducted with four children (aged 7–10) using a flexible, creative and child-led approach. A thematic narrative analysis was used, using a small story approach to narrative data. Results indicate that issues of children’s agency, choice and intersecting identities are central to not only how children experience DV but also how they experience recovery. Findings highlight the experiential and relational aspect of therapeutic spaces that can enable children to form relationships and construct meaningful identities. Conclusions suggest that children need to be consulted in inclusive ways in order to contribute to the development and accessibility of services designed to support them when they have been affected by DV.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s10896-018-0028-7
Rights: © The Author(s) 2019 This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
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