In light of the harmful effects of witnessing domestic abuse as children, the developmental issues faced by child witnesses into adulthood has been central to practitioners and researchers in related fields. In particular, establishing and maintaining intimate relationships has been the primary concern in the child witnesses'' development. This study aims to explore potential impacts of witnessing domestic abuse on the child witness as adults in intimate relationships. Furthermore, in order to explore child witnesses'' primary internal processes when facing domestic abuse, Social Information Processing (SIP) models has been incorporated as a research element in examining the relationship between the experience of witnessing and the child witnesses'' intimacy as adults.
In order to avoid the narrow and subjective nature under the presupposed research purposes, the present study employed consensual qualitative research method. In-depth and semi-structured interviews were conducted with adults who witnessed domestic abuse as children, and were supplemented with further discussions on core concepts and consensus by the consensus research tem, this study concludes by synthesizing child witnesses'' experiences of domestic violence and the acquired Social Information Processing models through witnessing
Child witnesses'' current intimate relationships and their social information processing in these relationships, as well as the connections made between what was witnessed and their own relationship were organized and synthesized, based on above-mentioned research methods, into a narrative of child witnesses'' love stories.
The research results are presented as follows:
I. The ways in which the experience of witnessing is reflected in child witnesses'' shame in interpersonal negotiations, self-control, and relationships with parents.
II. The missing pieces in social information processing development stages, caused by the witnessing experience, and the resulting rigid familial interaction rules.
III. Child witnesses seek balance between intimacy and sensing alienation in their intimate relationships, by steadfast, careful management techniques and commitments.
IV. Response generation and response evaluation stages in social information processing among adults who witnessed domestic abuse as children, basing on social information processing rules established through the experience of witnessing.
V. The ways in which adult witnesses’ expectations for intimate relationships are influenced by their interpretations of the causes of domestic abuse. As well, the ways in which conflict attribution and management are impacted by responses at the moment of facing domestic abuse.
VI. Child witness''s wish to establish wholesome intimate relationships must necessarily rely on their partner''s correction and re-learn in present intimate relationships.
Lastly, based on the research findings, the researcher discusses several recommendations for reference both in practice and in future research.