WP3 – Post-Trauma Support Programme for children victims of domestic Violence and Family member
The focus will be the implementation of a post-violence treatment for 4-17-year-old children who attend outpatient mental health clinics and paediatric wards, as well as their parents. The procedure will be on two levels: individual psychotherapy and group therapy based in the intervention designed and published by the HSJD coordinator: Manual of the Emotion Regulation and Interpersonal Group Therapy (MERIT) for children and adolescents witnessing domestic violence. The intervention based on ‘Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation’ (STAIR), developed for the treatment of adult patients who were victims of abuse in childhood.
On the other hand SAVE, thanks to the expertise of the partner OPBG, will identify a family-run profile will be made through the “McMaster Model of Family Functioning” – MMFF model.
The family members’ treatment will intervene on the underlying structure on which the violent experience arises, on the emotional reactions resulting from violence, on the management of aggression, fear, depression and will work on the recovery of parental responsibilities. This intervention on family members consists of 14 sessions of 1 hour, once a week: 2 assessment sessions, 11 therapeutic sessions and one final retesting session.
These therapeutic programmes will be accompanied by two activities: workshops for family members on EU tools available to protect victims of violence and design of a cooperation protocol with public authorities. This protocol will describe how to proceed and which authorities to contact in case of abuse with transnational effects, for example, when the victims are children in migration.