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Violence and sexual abuse within the family

This article reports on the experience of supervising and providing care to families who have experienced intra-family violence and who were referred to psychological care following suspicion or denouncement of child sexual abuse committed by close relatives. It reviews this experience in the light of reflections arising from the practice in view of the conflicts, impasses and difficulties faced by professionals and families concerned. The type of intervention proposed here has three major characteristics: 1) it is based on a psychosocial approach 2) it proposes a family group treatment including the assailant and 3) it introduces the gender perspective, a historically prevailing factor in the construction of violence and domination/exploitation relationships within the family.

intra-family violence; child sexual abuse; intervention

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