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Child Abuse, Neglect, and Prevention in Military Families
The following resources provide information on child abuse and neglect in military families as well as prevention strategies to reduce child maltreatment rates within military families.
Child abuse and neglect
Child Abuse and Domestic Abuse Data Trends From FY 1998 to 2007 (PDF - 32 KB)
U.S. Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (2008)
Provides the number of incidents of abuse reported to the Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program.
Child Abuse and Neglect in the Military: An Introduction for Child Welfare Lawyers
ABA Child Law Practice, 26(10), 2007
Discusses the challenges facing military families in dealing with child abuse and neglect, the need for civilian and military legal service providers to establish cooperative relationships, and the types of services provided by the military Family Advocacy Program. The article also discusses jurisdiction over child maltreatment cases.
Child Abuse Homicides: A Special Problem Within North Carolina’s Military Families (PDF - 178 KB)
Herman-Giddens & Vitaglione
North Carolina Medical Journal, 66(5), 2005
Discusses the incidence of child abuse among North Carolina’s military families, and shares findings from a study that investigated child abuse homicides among military families from 1985–2000. The article includes recommendations for military installations.
Child Maltreatment in Enlisted Soldiers’ Families During Combat-Related Deployments (PDF - 104 KB)
Gibbs, Martin, Kupper, & Johnson
Journal of the American Medical Association, 298(5), 2007
Examines and provides conclusions regarding the relation between combat-related deployment and rates of child maltreatment in families of enlisted soldiers in the US Army who had one or more substantiated reports of child maltreatment.
Child Maltreatment Within Military Families (PDF - 162 KB)
Gibbs, Martin, Clinton-Sherrod, Walters, & Johnson (2011)
Identifies aspects of military life that may protect against risks for child maltreatment as well as summarizes research regarding risks for child maltreatment in military families.
Effect of Deployment on the Occurrence of Child Maltreatment in Military and Nonmilitary Families
Rentz, Marshall, Loomis, Casteel, Martin, & Gibbs
American Journal of Epidemiology, 165(10), 2007
Examines occurrences of child maltreatment in military and nonmilitary families over time and the impact of recent deployment increases and presents findings. The article recommends intervention programs to mitigate family dysfunction in stressful times.
Reducing Collateral Damage on the Home Front: Child Abuse Homicides Within Military Families and Communities in North Carolina: Facts and Recommendations (PDF - 520 KB)
North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute (2004)
Discusses the incidence of child abuse homicides in military communities and provides recommendations for reducing child abuse homicides within military families and the communities that surround installations. The paper includes recommendations such as a national study and expansion services for military families.
Spouse Abuse, Child Abuse, and Substance Abuse Among Army Families: Co-Occurrence, Correlates and Service Delivery Issues (PDF - 134 KB)
Designed to identify opportunities to help military families experiencing violence and/or substance abuse and establish best practices for coordinating multiple service delivery for these families.
Military Families (PDF - 228 KB)
Children's Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, & Center for the Study of Social Policy-Strengthening Families (2012)
Describes the unique situations faced by military families and reviews ways in which communities can help support them. Also available in Spanish (PDF - 294 KB).
New Parent Support
U.S. Department of Defense
Aims to help military families with young children to adapt to parenthood and to thrive as healthy families no matter where their service may take them.
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
North Carolina Institute of Medicine
North Carolina Medical Journal, 66(5), 2005
Presents a number of articles focusing on child abuse and neglect prevention in North Carolina, including a special look at child abuse homicides among military families.
Supporting Military Families [Webinar Transcript] (PDF - 278 KB)
Children’s Bureau, Federal Interagency Workgroup on Child Abuse and Neglect, & Department of Defense (2008)
Discusses various Department of Defense initiatives designed to prevent child maltreatment and provide support to active duty and reserve component members and their families.
Supporting Young Children
ZERO TO THREE
Series of brochures focusing on the unique experience of parenting a baby or toddler, particularly during times of stress and separation military families may be experiencing.