In an exploratory qualitative interview study of 25 children who experienced domestic violence, 10 children diverged from the rest of the group in regards to expressed strong fear. The questions asked were: what are the violent experiences of these children? What, from the children's perspective, is the nature of the violence? A thematic analysis of the interviews with the 10 children identified 6 themes: a high degree of coercive control and exposure to 'bizarre acts', severe and repeated violence, perceived impossibility of physical interventions during the violent acts, violence permeating everyday life, strong feelings of fear and a constant state of readiness, and descriptions of life starting after the abusers leave the family. The results urges researchers, clinicians and policymakers to better distinguish between children who experience domestic violence in order to better target support and intervention. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.