02 January 2019

Children’s perspectives on life and well-being after parental intimate partner homicide

The aim of this research was to examine children’s and young people’s perspectives on their life after parental intimate partner homicide; including their living arrangements, social environment, and general well-being. While most participants were fairly content with themselves and their living arrangements, they also expressed substantial and persistent difficulties, including distress, conflicts between family members, and feelings of not being safe. Most importantly, children’s self-image, their perspectives on their biological parents, and their views on their broader (family) environment varied considerably from participant to participant, and also between siblings. This study emphasised the importance of exploring children’s individual viewpoints carefully during decision-making processes rather than trying to adhere to guidelines about what should happen to children after parental homicide.