This qualitative research project is a case study focusing on coping strategies of older men and women who have experienced physical, psychological or sexual violence during their childhood. Several single case studies approach the topic by reconstructively – biographically designed interviews. The main question for the interview is, “How have you mastered your life? What has helped you and what is helping you today?”
The interview partners are people who approached the “Ombuds office for sexual abuse and violence of the archdiocese of Salzburg” to talk about their traumatic experiences and, if possible, to integrate them in the narrative of their life-story.
As these, mostly traumatic, experiences occurred in an ordinary social context, such as school, spare time activities and the like, I am also interested in what aspects the social day to day environment have been experienced as positive, healing or helpful by my interview partners. In this sense the study can be a meaningful contribution to the daily work of social pedagogy.
Karin Roth studied Educatioanl science, focusing on counseling, supervisor & intervention, at the university of Salzburg. She is leading the ombudsoffice for violence an sexual abuse of the archdioceses in Salzburg, and is working as a counsellor and trainer.