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Concerted Practice-Based Actions in Intimate Partner and Family Violence: When the Children’s Well-Being Is the Central Concern

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School of Social Work, Université Laval, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, 1030 des Sciences-Humaines, Local 5444, Québec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire Sur la Violence Familiale et la Violence Faite Aux Femmes, Université Laval, Pavillon Charles-De Koninck, 1030 des Sciences-Humaines, Local 0439, Québec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(4), 650-671; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci3040650
Received: 22 July 2014 / Revised: 3 September 2014 / Accepted: 16 September 2014 / Published: 30 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Developments in Child Protection)
In Canada, the exposure of children to intimate partner violence is, along with negligence, one of the most frequent forms of maltreatment. Intimate partner violence raises important issues with regard to child custody and to the exercising of parental roles. The aid provided for children exposed to intimate partner violence covers a range of programs, in particular community services specializing in intimate partner violence, frontline social and health services, and child protection. However, these resource services do not share the same missions, or the same understanding of the problems and possible solutions, since they often operate in parallel networks. The complex situations of families confronted with intimate partner violence present considerable challenges in terms of collaboration between the different organizations. Action research was employed to develop an innovative concertation strategy that fostered collaboration between practitioners from different family resource services. The strategy, which was implemented in the Québec City region between 2011 and 2013, was then evaluated. This article presents the results of this evaluation as well as the positive outcomes that the concertation strategy had for the practitioners’ practice and for the improvement of family services. View Full-Text
Keywords: intimate partner violence; child maltreatment; concertation; children well-being intimate partner violence; child maltreatment; concertation; children well-being
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Lessard, G.; Drouin, M.-E.; Germain, A.-S.; Alvarez-Lizotte, P.; Turcotte, P. Concerted Practice-Based Actions in Intimate Partner and Family Violence: When the Children’s Well-Being Is the Central Concern. Soc. Sci. 2014, 3, 650-671.

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