The article is based on a qualitative analysis of video recordings taken during group therapy for children who had been exposed to domestic violence. The focus is on how the children communicated traumatic experiences in a group therapy context, what stimulated them to share their feelings with others and how they reacted to different therapeutic initiatives. The children told few, fragmented stories insinuating family violence, but related to the subject of violence in many other ways. In the discussion of what seemed to engage the children and strengthen their self-images three therapeutic factors are underlined: Validation, imagination and peer sharing.

Keywords: Domestic violence, group therapy for children, narratives of violence