"Based on the first-hand accounts of children and their mothers regarding their experiences of both domestic violence and support services, this is the first book to examine children's experiences of a range of service provision in response to domestic violence. It seeks to encourage a more effective and professional approach in the services that aim to support and protect children, highlighting both the strengths and the shortcomings of existing professional interventions and illustrating the range of problems that children face when they are living with domestic violence." "The book assesses the role and response of the social services, police, refuge staff, solicitors and barristers, voluntary organisations and the agencies of health, education and housing. It describes approaches to existing problems, emphasising the importance of a child-focused response and concludes by recommending improvements for policy and practice."--BOOK JACKET.
1. Introduction and overview of literature -- 2. Forms of domestic violence and child abuse -- 3. Forms of violence witnessed by children -- 4. Effect of domestic violence on children -- 5. How children understand and cope with domestic violence -- 6. Social services' responses to domestic violence -- 7. Police responses to domestic violence -- 8. Schools' responses to domestic violence -- 9. Health professionals' responses to domestic violence -- 10. Refuges and counselling services -- 11. Legal remedies? -- 12. Barriers to seeking or utilising help -- 13. Conclusion -- 14. Recommendations
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