Girls and boys as victims: social workers' approaches to children exposed to violence

 

Author(s)

Eriksson, Maria
Title Girls and boys as victims: social workers' approaches to children exposed to violence
Source Child Abuse Review, 2009, Vol. 18, pp 428-445.
Date 2009
Document type Journal article
Coverage Sweden
Summary In this study the author conducted semi-structured interviews with 17 children who had been exposed to domestic violence and who had talked to social workers during a court-mandated investigation. The focus of the study is on the children's perspectives, including the children's accounts of social work practice. It was found that social workers tended to approach the children as protected victims, invisible victims or as unprotected victims. The author found that the social workers generally did not position the children as victims with rights to participation. One recommendation is for the development of child-empowering practice among social workers with ongoing reflexivity regarding notions of the 'ideal' child victim, girlhood and boyhood and the approaches to a particular child exposed to violence.
Keywords Domestic violence; children; social workers; victims rights
Topic

Children