NKVTS contributors at the European Conference on Domestic Violence

Several researchers from NKVTS will contribute at the 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence in Oslo 1-4 September 2019. One of the keynote speakers is senior researcher Siri Thoresen. The topic of her speech is child victims of violence and their paths to adulthood.

Studies have followed victimised young people over years and identified how the footprints of childhood experiences put them at risk of new victimisation and other difficulties later in life. According to Thoresen, there are four challenges revealed by such studies, which you can read more about here. The keynote speech is on Tuesday September 3rd, at 11:00 a.m.


Monday, September 2nd

Linda H. Moen and Solveig Bergman will present a study of mapping violence prevention measures, at 12.06 p.m. Parallell, Anders Næss will talk about municipal leaders’ attitudes towards evidence-based interventions targeting interpersonal violence, more specifically Stepped-Care Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy (SC-TF-CBT). Co-authors: Tine Jensen, Ingeborg Skjærvø, Silje Ormhaug, Cecilie Skagemo and Marianne Martinsen, all from NKVTS.

From 2 p.m., Per Hellevik will organise a symposium, on the topic of violence in young people’s intimate relationships. In his PhD project, Hellevik has taken a qualitative approach to studying the complex and pervasive nature of interpersonal violence in young people’s life. Following Hellevik, senior researcher Carolina Överlien will speak about young women’s experiences of intimate partner violence and narratives of control, terror, and gendered expectations. After that, Per will talk about “the dark side of intimacy – exploitation and abuse in teenagers’ intimate relationships”.

Also from 2 p.m., Margunn Bjørnholt and Hannah Helseth will hold a presentation with the title “Sexual violence as part of intimate partner violence: developing concepts and theory”, with a focus on the gender dimensions of interpersonal violence.

At 2:36 p.m., Malin Karlsen is presenting on the subject of recent development in jurisprudence in contact cases with risk of abuse regulated by the Children Act. Kristin Skjørten was her supervisor and co-author of the article.

At 5 p.m., Parvin Kiamanesh and Mona-Iren Hauge will address help seeking processes among women with immigrant backgrounds who have experienced domestic violence. Isolation, a lack of finances and poor language skills are among the factors that influence the help seeking of this group.


Tuesday, September 3rd

Violence exposure is related to the use of alcohol, but probably in a complex manner. At 9 a.m., Helene Aakvaag will present a study of alcohol use in victims of childhood family violence and sexual abuse, and the risk of revictimization and problematic drinking behavior in young adulthood. Co-authors: Ida F. Strøm, Marianne S. Birkeland and Siri Thoresen.

At 9:18 a.m., Ragnhild E. B. Johansen will talk about her paper on female genital cutting and global nomadism. She will present the perceptions and practices of FGC among Somali and Sudanese migrants in Norway on FGC.

Mona-Iren Hauge will present a paper about mothering in families exposed to domestic violence at 9:36 a.m. The women interviewed have lived in Norway from 2 to 19 years. The study focuses on how women experience and negotiate their everyday life with children prior to and after leaving a violent partner, and their experiences with assistance services following the violence. Co-author: Parvin Kiamanesh.

Inger-Lise Lien will at 9:54 p.m. present cases from Gambia, Eritrea and Somalia, in regards to whether the ritual of female genital mutilation is an event that will generate a traumatic stress reaction for cut children.

As mentioned above, Siri Thoresen‘s keynote speech about paths to adulthood for child victims of violence, is at 11 a.m.

At noon, Else-Marie Augusti will hold a symposium on restrictive and controlling parenting practices.

Children’s experiences with answering questions about violence and sexual abuse in an online survey format is the topic of Gertrud Hafstad‘s presentation at 12:18 p.m. The study contributes to the important yet contradictory field of studying the effects of research participation on children. Co-author: Else-Marie Augusti.

At 2:48 p.m., Else-Marie Augusti will present a qualitative study of children’s own experiences with disclosing violence and abuse, and subsequent health care. Co-author: Mia C. Myhre

Researcher and paediatrician Mia C. Myhre is going to speak about physical and psychological symptoms in children shortly after a forensic interview – at 3:06 p.m. In the study, 75 children between the ages 10-18 underwent a structured assessesment of symptoms. Co-authors: Else-Marie Augusti, Janne Rueness and Frode Syringen.

Tine Jensen has compared child and caregiver’s reports of child trauma exposure and post-traumatic stress symptoms, and will present the findings at 3:42 p.m. 9726 caregiver-child dyads at Norwegian child and adolescent mental health services were studied. Co-authors: Ane-Marthe S. Skar and Silje M. Ormhaug.


Wednesday, September 4th

NKVTS’ first contribution of the day is by Helene Langsether at 9:36 a.m. She will discuss whether services for victims of violence and abuse are relevant and accessible.

At 11:18 a.m., Astrid Sandmoe will present a study on how next of kin to older residents in nursing homes experience and understand elder abuse and neglect.

A symposium on men, masculinities and interpersonal violence will take place at 1:30-3 p.m., opened by NKVTS research professor Margunn Bjørnholt. The panel will present work on trans men exposed to IPV, the use of discursive positioning as a tool for changing violent men in therapeutic practice, and on the discourses of IPV in the contemporary anti-feminist movement.

NKVTS’ last contribution to the conference, is by Astrid Sandmoe. She will present results from the first national prevalence study on violence and abuse against elderly people in Norway, with a focus on the impact of violence on health and well-being in old age.



NKVTS is presenting the following posters at ECDV:

  • Yngvil Grøvdal: “Reporting or not? The role of the police in a life situation with partner violence”
  • Marianne S. Birkeland: “Associations between aspects of social landscapes after childhood violence. A network analysis” (co-authors:  Ida F. Strøm, Mia Myhre, Siri Thoresen).
  • Marianne Bergerud-Wichstrøm og Gertrud Hafstad: “Leading by example – the impact of young user involvement in health research regarding sensitive topics”
  • Randi H. Borge: “Treating Young Victims of Domestic Violence: The Usefulness of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” (co-authors: Camilla Blestad, Ane-Marthe S. Skar, Cecilie U. Skagemo, Silje M. Ormhaug and Tine K. Jensen).
  • Anna Mørck: “Violence in close relationships. A research programme” (co-author: Kristin Skjørten).
  • Gertrud Hafstad: “Leading by example – the impact of young user involvement in health research regarding sensitive topics” (co-authors: Else-Marie Augusti, Mia Myhre).
  • Amanda Phelan (University College Dublin) and NKVTS researcher Astrid Sandmoe: “Framing public health responses in elder abuse: Applying evidence from Norwegian and Irish prevalence studies”


See the complete ECDV programme here.