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Understanding Adult Survivors of Domestic Violence in Childhood


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Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction and background: Adults who were exposed to domestic violence as children. 2. Before you grow up: What the research tells us about children who experience domestic violence. 3. Scarcely an issue at all in the UK: Research on adults who experienced domestic violence as children. 4. The impacts of childhood domestic violence on adults: What survivors say. 5. Finding hope in a cold place and thriving against the odds: Testimony by 'Rose Wood'. 6. Dealing with it at the time: Working with children exposed to domestic violence to enable less painful later adulthoods. 7. Still Hurting: Testimony by 'Anna'. 8. How to move forward: Recovery, assistance and support for adults with childhood experiences of domestic abuse. 9. Both pain and being shielded: Testimony by 'Patrick'. 10. It really can get better: Conclusion. References. Index.

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Combining research, best practice guidance and personal testimonies, it explores the experiences of adult survivors of domestic violence in childhood

About the Author

Gill Hague is Emeritus Professor of Violence Against Women Studies in the University of Bristol's Centre for Gender and Violence Research (of which she was a co-founder in 1990). She has worked for 40 years in the field and has played a key role in the pioneering development of violence against women research. She has been an activist, practitioner, academic and researcher, and has published extensively in the field. Kathy Willis works in both a voluntary and paid capacity supporting women, men and children who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence, and is an activist against violence against women. Ann Harvey is a qualified and experienced social worker with additional training to enable her to work therapeutically with children, young people and adults. For the past 11 years she has specialised in supporting children and families on their journeys to recovery from trauma, abuse and neglect.


This book clearly fills a gap in the literature, and will be of great help both as a starting point in raising awareness of a long-neglected issue, and as a source of ideas for those wishing to work with and support survivors of domestic abuse in childhood. -- Safe- The Domestic Abuse Quaterley
The book is a well-written, accessible overview of the topic presented in a mix of academic and first-person writing. -- Therapy Today
Explores the experiences of adult survivors of domestic violence in childhood. Draws on research, best practice guidance, personal testimonies and creative writing from survivors. Looks at how to work with children exposed to domestic abuse to address issues before they grow up, as well as providing guidance on working with adult survivors. Useful for anyone working with survivors of domestic violence in childhood, including counsellors, social workers, and therapists. -- NCPCC Information Service
It will undoubtedly appeal to anyone, working with adults, therapists, counsellors, social workers, students and policy-makers...Using a qualitative approach, including the work of a focus group, personal interviews and the writings of survivors, the authors highlight the lifetime impact on individuals whose childhoods were specifically affected by domestic violence. -- Helen Musto, Independent Social Worker * Professional Social Work *

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