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1 Laura Pavičić Case study: Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Domestic Violence

2 A family of four Ž.D. boy (12) Copleted 1st grade Neglected Abused by his father (and mother) Enuresis nocturna, elbow injury M.D. girl (13) Cerebral paralysis Moved to specialized institution for children and youth with disabilities (20 km away) where mother visited her periodically D.D. girl (15) Completed 6th grade (adapted curriculum) Abused by her father; neglected Enuresis nocturna, headaches N.D. mum (47) Victim for a long time Not divorced from first husband 4 years of elementary school Unemployed Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Domestic Violence 2

3 About family Coming from the small village from the continental part of Croatia Poor, isolated, withouth running water, living in a cottage Poor hygienic habits, lice, untidy, Timid, shy, silent Provide only partial information

4 Our team Social worker Psychologist Pedagogue We needed help from the “outside”

5 A part of work conducted by our team Psychodiagnostic Support with adaptation to new environment Design of an individual plan Education: rules of behavior, hygiene, healthy nutritition, household budget, orientation in town Family violence: rights of a child, rights of a victim, security plans for mum and children, self-protection measures

6 Daily plans of activities Education: new school, school supplies, tuition, support Individual psychological treatment Behavior modification Social skills training, relaxation techniques, self –control, problem solving methods Spiritual retreat Parenting skills

7 Cooperation Town of Rijeka (meals at school) Former elementary school (valuable information) Elementary school in Rijeka Volunteers (tuition in maths) Center for legal assistance to victims Caritas (clothes) Church (support) Family doctor Children hospital (mediacal examinations)

8 Croatian employment service (entry in the records, assistance in job search) Croatian institute for health insurance Croatian institute for pension insurance (child allowance) Center for social welfare (Ministry of social affairs and youth): recommendation, payment, exchange of information, co-decision, visit, pocket money, financial assistance) Police (sexual assault) Registrar´s office (birth certificate, certificate of citizenship)

9 4 years later... Ž.D. boy (16) Placed in a foster family Goes to school regularly Lives peacefully and happily Mum visited him occasionally M.D. girl (17) Cerebral paralysis Still staying at specialized institution for children and youth with disabilities Visits her brother for holidays D.D. girl (20) Extramarital community Three kids (one given for adoption) Victim again Poverty N.D. mum (51) Extramarital community Lives in poverty No violence Unemployed Psychosocial Treatment of Victims of Domestic Violence 9

10 Questions What have we done? Family was transformed into...? What would be the “happy end” for this family? Did we ask them? What can we learn from this case?


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