Indian Journal of Health Social Work
Lived Experiences Of Children Exposed To Family Violence: An In-depth Analysis
Chinnadurai Periyasamy1 & Sinu Ezhumalai2
1Doctoral Scholar, 2Associate Professor, 1,2Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore.
Correspondence: Dr E.Sinu, e-mail id : email@example.com
Background: Family violence is a significant public health problem worldwide. Exposure to family violence affects children’s mental health. Aim: To examine the perception of the needs and impact of family violence on children of alcohol dependents. Materials and Methods: Qualitative method was used. Based on the inclusion criteria, 20 participants were recruited by consecutive sampling techniques. The researcher used a semi-structured interview schedule for data collection. Data were analysed using in-depth analysis. Thematic approaches were used for coding and emerging the themes, and the researcher used the Atlas, Ti software. Results and Conclusion: Three main themes were generated from an in-depth interview 1) Impact of family violence on children 2) Needs of the children 3) Protective factors. Psychiatric social workers have a vital role in identifying and addressing family violence, screening mental health issues, providing psychosocial intervention for children exposed to family violence, training the parents for the safety of their children.