Making an Impact - Children and Domestic Violence: A Reader

Making an Impact - Children and Domestic Violence: A Reader

by Chris Pearson and Nicola Harwin with Hilary Abraha (Author)


This fully updated Reader provides a comprehensive review of recent research and legislation relating to domestic violence and its consequences for children, and identifies the implications for practice. It is divided into three parts. Part One describes evidence for the links between domestic violence and the concomitant abuse of children and assesses the effects on children's future well-being. Part Two is a comprehensive and accessible guide to relevant current criminal and civil legislation. Highlighting the success of multi-agency approaches, the final part details practical issues for interventions with children and their carers, male perpetrators, and, new to this edition, women. Endorsed by children's charities including the NSPCC and Barnardo's, Making an Impact enables professionals working with children to develop informed, sophisticated and collaborative child care and protection responses for children who are experiencing domestic violence.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Published: 15 Dec 2006

ISBN 10: 1843101572
ISBN 13: 9781843101574

Media Reviews
this is a highly recommended book and a must-have for all professionals who wish to help and support children affected by domestic violence. -- Child Care in Practice
As a researcher with a specific interest in domestic violence and socially excluded and vulnerable children, and having spent the last six years evaluating policy and practice in both areas, I found this book to be an invaluable addition to my own bookshelf as it clearly links the two research areas. It also provides an excellent source of information on relevant legislation and literature, not to mention practice tips, and will be much thumbed in the years to come. -- Journal of Children's Services
This second edition builds on the important work begun in the first. It incorporates an updated overview of key peices of legislation, both civil and criminal,provides a comprehensive review of research findings and their implications for practice. The author's stated hope is to 'enable professionals working with children and their families to develop informed and appropriately sophisticated responses that safeguard and promote the welfare of children living in circumstances of domestic violence.' Overall, this Reader offers a sophisticated analysis of the issues. It is informed and supported by a broad range of research findings and illustrated with well chosen case examples. The writing is engaging and accessible, and the structure helpful. Reader is an extremely useful resource for individual study and evidence-based practice. It is recommended to any student or practioner in the legal, medical, teaching or caring professions working with children and their families. -- Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law
This is a book that is thorough and comprehensive in its coverage, identifies gaps in knowledge, points to possible future developments and keeps the needs of children paramount, without losing track of other perspectives on the topic of domestic violence. Overall, this is an excellent, accessibly presented resource for practitioners from all backrounds. -- Journal of Interprofessional Care

Praise for the second edition:

'This book provides an overview of how workers need to acknowledge and protect victims of domestic violence. It reflects on how professional bodies and the law are changing their approaches to focus on the experience of the child... Highlighted in detail are the processes by which professional bodies outline accountability. Domestic violence clearly devastates whole families and all agencies involved must be held accountable and ensure that children and women are not left at risk.'

-- Children and Young People Now

Praise for the first edition:

'It is clear from the first few pages that this book will, without doubt, be a vital resource for professionals and those whose work brings them into contact with children affected by domestic violence, whether they serve as social workers, professional agencies, refuges, churches, police workers, school workers - in fact, anyone who comes into contact with children during the course of their work would do well to read this excellent book.'

This impressive summarative text is well-written, well structured, evidence based, focuses on the situation in the UK and is difficult to put down once you have started to read it. This achievement is more astonishing when you consider the tough messages it must convey to practitioners if they are to be equipped enough to intervene in these complex family situations... It is the most imaginative and potentially useful reader I have come across in the last ten years and is an excellent platform from which to build our responses. -- Child: Care, Health and Development
The Reader is undoubtedly a valuable and informative resource for any professional or agency working within the field of domestic violence. It is suitable for individual study and provides underpinning knowledge to support training in this area. -- Child Care in Practice
A few pages into this pack it was clear that here was a rich and timely resource for trainers who are working to achieve changes in the way all agencies respond to those experiencing, living with or perpetrating domestic violence. -- Child Abuse Review
This is a very welcome book, which recognises the complex impact that domestic violence can have on children, and asks how relevant policy and practice might be improved. The material is presented well, the analysis is sophisticated, the language is user-friendly and jargon-free, and the reader can dip into the chapter without having to read it as a discrete unit... The book brings together material from a wide range of sources and has an excellent bibliography. -- Health and Social Care in the Community
It is well-constructed, readable, easy to follow and has case studies and legal source material. -- Family Law
A valuable addition to the increasing literature on a persistent problem affecting everyone in the family. The authors have put together a resource for all those working with children and families. It offers much for those concerned to enhance inter-agency working and to find creative ways to safeguard women at risk and minimize the emotional damage caused to children witnessing domestic violence. -- Journal of Family Health Care
This publication comprises a set of training materials for front-line staff. It provides an overview of the burgeoning research and considers dilemmas that can confront practitioners in dealing with children exposed to violence in the home. One of the publication's merits is that these dilemmas are explored with close reference to carefully selected case studies and relevant legal provisions. -- ChildRIGHT
This Reader will enable professionals working with children to develop informed, sophisticated and collaborative child care and protection responses for children who are experiencing domestic violence. -- De Politie Officer
Author Bio
Marianne Hester is Professor of Gender, Violence and International Policy in the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, and part of the Violence Against Women Research Group. She has written extensively on children and domestic violence, and, with Lorraine Radford, co-authored Mothering Through Domestic Violence, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Chris Pearson is Co-ordinator of Exeter Women's Aid. She previously worked at the University of Bristol and was a member of the Domestic Violence Research Group. Nicola Harwin is the Chief Executive of the Women's Aid Federation of England.