Intergenerational Transmission of Domestic Violence: Practitioners Perceptions and Experiences of Working with Adult Victims and perpetrators in the UK

Wagner, Jessica and Jones, Stephanie and Tsaroucha, Anna and Cumbers, Holly (2018) Intergenerational Transmission of Domestic Violence: Practitioners Perceptions and Experiences of Working with Adult Victims and perpetrators in the UK. Child Abuse Review, 29 (1). ISSN 09529136 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Preconceived ideas by practitioners about service users present a risk to prejudice and labelling and may ultimately lead to biased services. This paper reports on a UK based qualitative research study exploring the views and experiences of practitioners working with adult victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. It examines whether or not they believe that childhood experiences of witnessing domestic violence indicate the likelihood of domestic violence in adulthood. . It further explores practitioners’ perception of factors contributing to the experiences of domestic violence amongst their service users. 12 semi structured interviews were conducted with practitioners working in the domestic violence field, and thematic analysis was used to analyse their responses. The data did not indicate a general consensus on the matter of children becoming victims or perpetrator based on their childhood experience of domestic violence. Participants’ responses indicated that they felt the issue was more complex. Common themes that participants consider important to children’s development of healthy/unhealthy relationships in this context were identified in the data. This included an awareness of service users’ individuality, an importance of meaningful support networks and an understanding of a risk amongst their service users to normalise abusive behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Education and Social Work
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA20: Social Work and Social Policy
Depositing User: Jessica Wagner
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 09:28
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2019 09:28
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7261

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