Building our understandings of children’s lived experiences of domestic and family violence

Children and family violence
Thursday 26 July, 1130 – 1150

Presenters

Dr Debbie Noble-Carr
Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University

Professor Morag McArthur
Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University

Dr Tim Moore
Australian Centre for Child Protection, University of South Australia

Abstract
This presentation reports on the findings of a meta-synthesis (funded by the Department of Social Services) which explored the extent and nature of qualitative research conducted with children about their experiences of domestic and family violence. The review pulled together the findings of 32 studies that had been conducted around the world, including in the United Kingdom, North America and Australia. It found that despite the increasing interest in children’s experiences of domestic and family violence, qualitative research remains limited, with many gaps in our knowledge evident.

This presentation will highlight what we know about how children experience family violence – stressing that children find it to be a complex, isolating and enduring experience. The strategies children employed to try and facilitate the physical safety and emotional wellbeing of themselves and their family will also be discussed, along with the supports children said they want and need. The presentation will conclude with some thoughts about how to progress research with children in this important area.