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Results of Study on Domestic Violence Revealed

By Iceland Review

More than 20 percent of teenagers in Iceland and almost 15 percent of children know someone who is subject to domestic violence, according to the results of a new research published in the most recent issue of the Nurses Magazine.

“The research was first and foremost directed at general awareness and therefore we didn’t ask about their personal experience and we also didn’t follow up on the question on whether they knew someone who was subject to domestic violence,” University of Iceland (HÍ) professor Gudrún Kristjánsdóttir told Morgunbladid, who undertook the study with Ingibjörg H. Hardardóttir, lecturer in psychology at HÍ.

Kristjánsdóttir said similar studies from other countries indicate that children often tell their best friends about the violence they suffer at home. “It is therefore possible that [the participants in the study] are not referring to violence at their one home but rather at the home of one of their friends.”

Children and teenagers could only participate in the study with the permission of their parents and 68 percent of those who Kristjánsdóttir and Hardardóttir approached answered their questions. They find it likely that children who are subject to violence did not participate.

They find it interesting that a relatively high percentage of participants chose not to answer the above question or said that they didn’t know if they knew someone that suffered domestic violence.

“Domestic violence is covered up with a veil of secrecy,” Kristjánsdóttir said. “It is also possible that children did not want to breach the confidentiality of their friend who told them about being subject to violence.”

By publishing the results of their study in the Nurses Magazine, Kristjánsdóttir and Hardardóttir wanted to bring the discussion of domestic vioplence into society.

“School nurses have taken a keen interest in this research and they are in a key position at schools because children go to them with all sorts of other things than cuts and scratches,” Kristjánsdóttir said.

Their study is ongoing and Kristjánsdóttir said they are currently looking for interviewees. “We are looking for children and possibly their mothers who have been subject to domestic violence but don’t anymore.”

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