Barriers to help-seeking from the victim/survivor perspective

Bates, Elizabeth ORCID logo ORCID: , Taylor, Julie ORCID logo ORCID: and Harper, Elizabeth ORCID logo ORCID: (2023) Barriers to help-seeking from the victim/survivor perspective. In: Taylor, Julie and Bates, Elizabeth, (eds.) Children and adolescent’s experiences of violence and abuse at home: current theory, research and practitioner insights. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 107-118. Full text not available from this repository.

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In this chapter we discuss the barriers and opportunities associated with help-seeking for children who live in homes where there is domestic abuse. The chapter begins by exploring the literature relating to barriers to help-seeking drawing specifically on Overstreet and Quinn's (2013) theory of the Stigmatised Identity. The theory and evidence are then discussed in the context of data provided by adults who were victims of domestic abuse as children. The findings suggest that the barriers faced by children are not dissimilar to those identified by adults, although the child's position is of course compounded by virtue of their age, standing in the community and until recently their peripheral position as merely observers, not victims. The participant reports indicate that there is an urgent need to ensure that professionals and practitioners value the accounts of children and young people and afford them the same credibility they would afford adult victims. Finally, we share the recommendations offered by our participants for how service availability and responses to children could be improved.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781003124634
Departments: Centre for Research in Health and Society (CRIHS)
Institute of Health > Psychology and Psychological Therapies
Additional Information: Chapter nine within book. Dr Elizabeth A. Bates is a Principal Lecturer in Psychology and Psychological Therapies at the University of Cumbria, UK. Dr Julie C. Taylor is Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience for the Institute of Health at the University of Cumbria. Elizabeth Harper is a Lecturer in Psychology and Health and Social Care at the University of Cumbria.
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Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 14:14
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