Children's resilience in living in violent families

Citation
S. Nair et al., Children's resilience in living in violent families, ASIA P J S, 11, 2001, pp. 63-77
Citations number
13
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Social Work & Social Policy
Journal title
ASIA PACIFIC JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK
ISSN journal
0218-5385 → ACNP
Volume
11
Year of publication
2001
Pages
63 - 77
Database
ISI
SICI code
0218-5385(200107)11:<63:CRILIV>2.0.ZU;2-J
Abstract
Work with domestic violence gained greater exposure after the amendments to the Women's Charter in May 1997. It allowed an avenue of help to both vict ims and the abusers, to seek professional help through the mandatory counse lling programme at participating family service centres. However an important component of the family, the children, who either witn ess and/or experience the violence have somehow been given minimum attentio n from the current continuum of services. Recognising the need for a holistic service for families experiencing viole nce, the Ang Mo Kio Family Centre piloted a specialised centre for family v iolence called PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence). This centre offer s a one-stop service to families living with violence. Among the programmes offered is groupwork for children who witnessed violence. The paper discusses the experiences of 21 children between the ages of four to ten who have been through the child witnesses of violence programme ove r the last two years. Adopting a qualitative approach to understanding the experiences of children, it describes their responses to the violence and e xamines their strengths and resources, which appear to have contributed to their resilience.