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‘He didn't mean to hit mom, I think’: positioning, agency and point in adolescents' narratives about domestic violence
Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS), Norway.
2014 (English)In: Child & Family Social Work, ISSN 1356-7500, E-ISSN 1365-2206, Vol. 19, no 2, 156-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses the narratives of adolescents who have experienced domestic violence. It focuses on what we can learn about being an adolescent who experiences domestic violence, using a narrative approach. Attentive to both form and content, the paper sheds light on why the narrative is being told, who the actors in the narratives are, who are positioned in the forefront/background and what the point of the narrative is. The analysis shows that through the storytelling, the father's position as the reluctant/dangerous/weak aggressor is negotiated, the mother is positioned both in the background as a victim and in the forefront as an actor resisting his violent behaviour. The children position themselves as actors with power to alter the progress, to protect and stop the violence. The point of the narratives is to describe the father as the aggressor, and to describe the important role of the children. This picture of the father, mother and child questions the traditional understanding of the father as the aggressor, the mother as the victim and the child as a powerless bystander being exposed to the violence, and underlines the complexities of the dynamics in families living with domestic violence.

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2014. Vol. 19, no 2, 156-164 p.
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agency, children, domestic violence, narrative analysis, positioning
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140836DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00886.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140836DiVA: diva2:1082935
Available from: 2017-03-20 Created: 2017-03-20 Last updated: 2017-08-04Bibliographically approved

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