Topic: Violence and abuse

A childhood in shelters for abused women

In this project, children who have repeated stays at shelters for abused women are interviewed. The fokus of the interviews are their experiences school and relationships.

2013 This project has been completed 2018

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Main objective

The project aims to compensate for the lack of studies on children with repetitive stays at shelters for battered women. It will thoroughly explore the children’s life situation and needs and discuss how professionals should approach them in kindergartens, schools and shelters. The primary source ofdata will be the children’s own thoughts and perspectives. The study will compare the children’s perspectives on their needs with the assistance that is currently offered to them and discuss what can be done in order to improve it.

The results can be used to improve the quality of life for these children and to assure them a healthy mental, physical and psychological development.


Selvik, S. (2018). A childhood at refuges: Children with multiple relocations at refuges for abused women. (Dissertation).

Selvik, S. (2018). School strategies of children with multiple relocations at refuges for abused women. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 1-16. doi:10.1080/00313831.2018.1539032

Selvik, S., Raaheim, A., & Øverlien, C. (2016). Children with multiple stays at refuges for abused women and their experiences of teacher recognition.. European Journal of Psychology of Education, Published ahead of print. doi:10.1007/s10212-016-0302-0

Selvik, S., & Øverlien, C. (2014). Children with multiple stays at Nordic refuges for abused women: conclusions, challenges and causes for concern. Nordic Social Work Research. doi:10.1080/2156857X.2014.982158