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08-06-2024 | Domestic Violence | Original Article

Professional Support for Children Bereaved by Domestic Homicide in the UK

Authors: Alice Gomersall, Eva Alisic, John Devaney, Cathy Humphreys, Nicky Stanley, David Trickey, Emma Howarth

Published in: Journal of Family Violence

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Abstract

Purpose

Children bereaved by domestic homicide face unique challenges that are likely to require professional interventions. In this study, the theoretical lens of candidacy, which considers the dynamic factors that affect service eligibility and access, is employed to evaluate current service provision in the United Kingdom.

Method

We conducted a mixed methods survey (n = 90) and semi-structured interviews (n = 7) of professionals working in the children and families sector. Thematic analysis was used to interpret qualitative data, while descriptive and parametric statistics were used for the analysis of quantitative data.

Results

Quantitative results showed that a majority of professionals reported that the current service provision is not meeting the specific needs of children bereaved by domestic homicide, and that professionals reported low levels of confidence in working with the topic, regardless of professional background. This article reports on two key themes identified in the qualitative data: unmet needs and the barriers to candidacy, and developing a more effective provision.

Conclusions

Using the theoretical lens of candidacy, this study identified factors which were found to limit children’s access to appropriate services, indicating the need for a specialist service which provides long-term input, support for caregivers, and access to peer-support.
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Metadata
Title
Professional Support for Children Bereaved by Domestic Homicide in the UK
Authors
Alice Gomersall
Eva Alisic
John Devaney
Cathy Humphreys
Nicky Stanley
David Trickey
Emma Howarth
Publication date
08-06-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Published in
Journal of Family Violence
Print ISSN: 0885-7482
Electronic ISSN: 1573-2851
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-024-00704-0