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Childhood Experiences of Domestic Violenceby Caroline Mcgee
Synopses & Reviews
Children's Experiences of Domestic Violence focuses on first-hand accounts from children and young people regarding their experiences of both domestic violence and support services. It is the first book to examine the user's experience of service provision for the victims of domestic violence and it seeks to encourage a more effective and professional approach in the services that serve to support and protect children. The book is based on a unique, three-year research project into child support and protection services that began in 1996. The book examines such topics as; the types of violence experienced by mothers and witnessed by children; the types of abuse children are subjected to; children's understanding of domestic violence; children's and mother's views of how best to protect children and their perception of the support services; and the barriers for children and mothers seeking help.<P>The book assesses the role and response of the social services, police, voluntary organizations and the agencies of health, education, and housing. It describes approaches to existing problems, emphasizing a child-focused response and concludes by recommending improvements for policy and practice.
Book News Annotation:
Examines children's experiences of a range of service provision in response to domestic violence, drawing on first-hand accounts of children and their mothers regarding their experiences of both domestic violence and support services. Highlights strengths and shortcomings of professional interventions, illustrates the range of problems children face when living with domestic violence, and recommends improvements in policy and practice. McGee is research officer with the NSPCC Child Protection Research Group.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A discussion of first-hand accounts from children and young people regarding their experiences of both domestic violence and the support services. Based on a three-year research project, it seeks to encourage a more professional approach in the services that support and protect children.
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