Children's Experience of Domestic Violence
During the Ni3 project, 1378 children (9-17 years) from Barbados and Grenada took part in a survey on lived experiences of violence, within their homes and communities. The survey design, implementation and analyses were directed by Professor Daniel Boduszek whose team included: Dr Hazel Da Breo, Dr Ena Trotman Jemmott, Dr Dominic Willmott, Dr Nikki Sherretts and Dr Agata Debowska. This, the first such survey of its kind in the region (Download a copy here), revealed a high prevalence of co-occurring violence (sexual, physical and emotional) with children being the direct targets of victimisation in many instances and also experiencing secondary trauma through witnessing abuse to others.
Professor Daniel Boduszek
Dr Hazel Da Breo
Dr Ena Trotman Jemmott
Dr Dominic Willmott
Dr Nikki Sherretts
Dr Agata Debowska
Jesse – a serious computer game as an intervention to change
To raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence, to increase empathy and to promote non-violent problem solving skills, the Ni3 project created Jesse, a computer game, as an education intervention that can be used with children and also in professional training. Created by Professor Eunice Ma and Dave Smith, with additional input from Ramy Hammady, trials of Jesse were conducted in Barbados and Grenada. Professor Daniel Boduszek designed the trial procedures and Dr Ena Trotman Jemmott and Dr Hazel Da Breo implemented the trial along with other Ni3 representatives, including Sharon-Rose Gittens and Shakiel Stoute who were featured Ni3 project team members (see below). The trial results, released mid-January, provided irrefutable evidence of the effectiveness of the game in changing negative attitudes that promote the social acceptance of violence and also in increasing empathy (this is central to developing healthy interpersonal relationships). What is required, of course, is that families, schools, churches and communities are able to help young people sustain these changes and that they, too, become changed.
None in Three Kids
None in Three Kids (Ni3Kids) is a section of the website dedicated to supporting children and giving advice about domestic abuse. This section also contains information about Jesse, our game, as well as resources for persons who are supporting children who have been exposed to domestic violence.
Who was involved
- Lead Researcher: Professor Adele Jones
- Film Producer: Ryan Greene
- Design and Developer: Daniel Parker
None In Three
None in Three was a two-year action-oriented project funded by the EU and implemented in Barbados and Grenada in partnership with the Sweet Water Foundation in Grenada. Supported by national and regional agencies, the project was designed to complement existing domestic violence programmes in the region and also to contribute to change at the international level. Taking its name from the fact that one in three women will experience sexual or physical violence in their lifetime, the project challenged the idea that violence to women is an inevitability.
Our aims and objectives were:
- To increase access to justice and services for especially marginalised women
- To engage with men and youth about what needs to be done
- To prevent violence through education
None in Three provides opportunities for everyone to join us in speaking out against domestic violence. If you represent an organisation, why not join our supporters’ network, or add your own voice by commenting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (please also share the information with others). Perhaps you would be willing to become a None in Three Representative, or join in the discussion around our conversation piece on the role of social workers.