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Where is the Child in Family Therapy Service After Family Violence? A Study from the Norwegian Family Protection Service

Show simple item record Flåm, A. M., & Handegård, B. H. 2015-07-23T18:15:09Z 2015-07-23T18:15:09Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Flåm, A. M., & Handegård, B. H. (2015). Where is the child in family therapy service after family violence? A study from the Norwegian Family Protection Service. Contemporary family therapy, 37(1), 72-87. en_US
dc.description.abstract Extensive documentation on consequences of family violence laid the ground for a politically decided mandate for the Norwegian Family Protection Service (FPS) to prioritize families with children and violence. This study explores the practice of one of the country’s larger FPS offices following this mandate and its kick-off start. Data from all cases in 1 year with families with children and violence were gathered (106) as to what were cases referred, services provided, main cross-points, dilemmas, and challenges. Descriptive statistical analyses were utilized and qualitative analysis conducted. The study shows success in supplying a direct, much used route both for private persons and main collaborative agencies, although all abusers need others as promoters for change. The service succeeds to pioneer brief treatment combined with taking a stand against violence. However, while services are provided fairly quickly when violence is reported, several changes are called for: A more violence-sensitive intake procedure, stronger cooperation with specialty mental health service and primary health service, extended use of assessment tools and outcome measures. Given the nature of violence, particularly follow up measures are required. However, first and foremost, the study calls for a better inclusion of the child. Despite mandated priority, a major neglect of children takes place. In line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Norwegian Family Protection Services in a country complying with this Convention is obliged to take the child more successfully into account in its own right. Future efforts are required to safeguard child-focused services. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Contemporary family therapy en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject child witness en_US
dc.subject domestic violence en_US
dc.subject intervention en_US
dc.subject International Resources en_US
dc.subject Norway en_US
dc.title Where is the Child in Family Therapy Service After Family Violence? A Study from the Norwegian Family Protection Service en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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