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Domestic violence: victims of no consequence

Hope, Maggie (1994) Domestic violence: victims of no consequence. Masters thesis, Durham University.



This study reviewed existing literature regarding the effects on children ,who witness parental violence. The theoretical explanations advanced by researchers regarding witness-abused children’s distressing behaviour have also been considered. In addition to the theoretical approach to the problem, staff of Sunderland refuge were interviewed. Evidence which demonstrates that witness-abused children encounter multitudinous social disadvantage when fleeing violent homes with their primary carers was identified. There is a great need to pursue this area of research further. In addition, issues of race, gender, class, disability and religion require greater consideration. Most of the research has been undertaken by North American investigators. The challenge is open to white European, black and ethnic minorities to undertake research in this important area of social life. One assumption is that the distress observed in children of battered women is directly correlated to witnessing parental violence. Another major assumption is that children who witness violence in early life will subsequently abuse their partners in adulthood. This study highlighted the need to approach existing research findings with caution, as evidence to support these ideas is inconclusive. Existing evidence only provides partial explanations for the problem. The need for inter-agency cooperation to protect children was highlighted. Social workers must take on the lead role and coordinate services if children of battered women are to receive the protection they deserve as a birthright.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1994
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:24 Oct 2012 15:14

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