Prevention of intergenerational violence in the Netherlands and Europe

Research, 6 April 2016
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Growing up in a family where violence occurs can influence the way in which children will engage in intimate relationships of their own at a later age. Moreover, the risk of becoming either perpetrators or victims of violence in those relationships increases.

In the Dutch emancipation policy and the nationwide approach to violence in dependency relationships, one of the mentioned objectives is to break through intergenerational violence. To prevent a repetition in any form, it is essential for all those involved, the children included, to actively deal with violent experiences. In addition, from an emancipatory point of view, protective factors such as the personal strength of women, their labour participation and the caring attitude of men may also be of great importance. The goal of prevention can be served by connecting the attention paid to these protective factors at different levels (the integrated approach).

This study by Atria and Verwey-Jonker Institute primarily focuses on deepening existing insights into the approach in interventions that have proven to work when it comes to breaking through the intergenerational transference of violence.

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