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Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. While system responses are primarily targeted towards adult victims of abuse, increasing attention is now focused on the children who witness domestic violence. Studies estimate that 10 to 20 percent of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence. Research also indicates children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk of being abused or neglected, and that a majority of studies reveal there are adult and child victims in 30 to 60 percent of families who experience domestic violence. This manual provides background on this complex topic and addresses the following practice issues: The overlap between child maltreatment and domestic violence; The basics of domestic violence; Modifying child protection practice with families experiencing domestic violence; Enhancing caseworker safety and support in child protection cases involving domestic violence; and Building collaborative responses for families experiencing domestic violence. Appendices include a glossary of terms, child, victim, and alleged perpetrator domestic violence assessments, safety plans, and information about developing a memorandum of understanding.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Purpose and Overview
CHAPTER 2 The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence
CHAPTER 3 The Basics of Domestic Violence
CHAPTER 4 Child Protection Practices with Families Experiencing Domestic Violence
CHAPTER 5 Enhancing Caseworker Safety and Support in Child Protection Cases Involving Domestic Violence
CHAPTER 6 Building Collaborative Responses for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence
APPENDIX A Glossary of Terms
APPENDIX B Resource Listings of Selected National Organizations Concerned with Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment
APPENDIX C State Toll-free Telephone Numbers for Reporting Child Abuse
APPENDIX D Stages of Change
APPENDIX E Domestic Violence Assessment: Victim
APPENDIX F Domestic Violence Assessment: Child
APPENDIX G Domestic Violence Assessment: Alleged Perpetrator
APPENDIX H Safety Plans
APPENDIX I Developing a Memorandum of Understanding
Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2003). Child protection in families experiencing domestic violence. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
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