Children Who Witness Violence: What Services Do They Need To Heal?

Danny Willis, Joellen W. Hawkins, Carole W. Pearce, Jaime Phalen, Meredith Keet, Cristen Singer
2010 Issues in Mental Health Nursing  
Children are witnesses to violence far too often in their daily lives. To elicit information on the needs of children and adolescents living in the United States who have witnessed violence in their homes, neighborhoods, or communities, we held focus groups with mothers who have survived interpersonal violence and whose family included child witnesses to violence (CWV), professionals who work with families affected by violence, and with adolescents who have witnessed violence. Based on four
more » ... . Based on four separate focus group discussions held in Massachusetts, involving a total of 45 participants, recommendations for screening, programming, and the development of healing interventions are offered to mental health professionals. Screening, program development, and interventions based on the real and multifaceted needs of children who witness violence can help facilitate these children's humanization, choice, meaning, quality of life, and healing, all of which are the central goals of nursing (Willis, Grace, & Roy, 2008) . Thus, the aim of this research was to elicit information in focus groups about interventions that participants with personal and professional experiences with children who are witnesses to violence
doi:10.3109/01612841003721461 pmid:20701417 fatcat:rbhrzxhllnd27ho5l4lk6pnjue