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Art Therapy with Children Who Have Witnessed Domestic Violence

20 May 2016

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 is relationships. To contribute BAAT are sharing free access articles which highlight the importance of relationships and describe how Art Therapy can help recovery for people affected by unhealthy relationships.

 

 

The theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 is relationships. To contribute BAAT are sharing free access articles which highlight the importance of relationships and describe how Art Therapy can help recovery for people affected by unhealthy relationships.

 

 

Using group art therapy to address the shame and silencing surrounding children's experiences of witnessing domestic violence  

 

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men have suffered domestic abuse. 90% is witnessed by children.

This article presents a case study of an 11-year-old girl's engagement with an art therapy group for children who had witnessed domestic violence and illustrates how the group facilitated her working-through of her experience of being both shamed and silenced, along with her subsequent re-establishment of a more emotionally close relationship with her mother.

 

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