About this project
In Sweden there is often controversy over the place of CHILD victims, especially children victimized by witnessing domestic violence. In part, the confusion is due from the difficulties children have in expressing themselves and presenting evidence. It is also due to the fact that there is confusion regarding the medical and psychological effects of witnessing instances of domestic violence.
Consequently, such children, although they are recognized as victims and are entitled compensation from the state, are not eligible to be awarded damages from the abuser. In one Supreme Court case, the prosecutor argued that children that had seen and heard their father beat their mother should be considered an injured and molested party and thus entitled to qualify for the superior status of an aggrieved person. The Court, however, ruled otherwise and dismissed the case. This study will compare psychological findings of the effect on a child seeing or hearing a parent being beaten by the other parent with the effect if the child himself or herself had been beaten. The results will be the background to an analyse of whether those two groups are treated equally in receiving procedural rights in the criminal procedure.