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Domestic Violence and Mental Health
The following resources address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and mental health disorders.
The Domestic Violence and Mental Health Policy Initiative
Provides resources, tools, and consensus-building opportunities to develop more comprehensive and culturally-relevant responses to the range of trauma-related issues faced by domestic violence survivors and their children.
The Emotional Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
Explores the experience of trauma and attachment issues and the negative effect of domestic violence on children's mental, emotional, and intellectual development.
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Lehmann & Simmons
Family Violence and Sexual Assault Bulletin, 22(1/2), 2006
Investigates whether children exposed to domestic violence demonstrate symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Domestic Violence and Children's Behavior in Low-Income Families
Kalil, Tolman, Rosen, & Gruber (2003)
In The Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children
Investigates how mothers' experiences of severe physical abuse relate to maternal reports of children's internalizing and externalizing behavior problems.
Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Trauma: Research Highlights
Warshaw & Barnes (2003)
Provides statistics on the prevalence of domestic violence and mental health issues and presents research findings supporting the connection between trauma and mental health problems.
The Effects of Childhood Stress on Health Across the Lifespan (PDF - 1030 KB)
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (2008)
Summarizes research on childhood stress and its implications for adult health and well-being, providing violence prevention practitioners with ideas about how to incorporate information on childhood stress into their work.
Evaluating Services for Women With Co-Occurring Disorders and Histories of Trauma: Challenges and Lessons Learned (PDF - 240 KB)
The Tapestry, Summer 2003
Reviews nine sites that developed a services integration intervention addressing the multiple needs of women with co-occurring disorders and histories of violence, describing each site's strategies for integrating services at the clinical/individual level and at the services or system level.
Female Caregivers' Experiences With Intimate Partner Violence and Behavior Problems in Children Investigated as Victims of Maltreatment
Hazen, Connelly, Kelleher, Barth, & Landsverk
Pediatrics, 117(1), 2006
Examines the relationship between women's experiences with intimate partner violence and their reports of child behavior problems.
The Influence of Domestic Violence on Preschooler Behavior and Functioning
Ybarra, Wilkens, & Lieberman
Journal of Family Violence, 22(1), 2007
Enhances current explanations of the effect of domestic violence on child cognitive and behavioral functioning.
Men and Women Referred to the Navy Family Advocacy Program: Violence, Mental Health and Assessment of Services Received (PDF - 481 KB)
Williams, Saunders, Mouradian, & Banyard (2005)
Presents results of a longitudinal study of families experiencing at least one type of family violence, including information on the mental health of the adults involved.
The Mental Health and Service Needs of Young Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Supportive Data
Lundy & Grossman
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Science, 86(1), 2005
Documents the various needs and problems of children as reported by their battered caregivers, including information on emotional and social problems as well as physical health and educational difficulties.
National Evaluation of the Safe Start Demonstration Project: Implications for Mental Health Practice
Hyde, Lamb, Arteaga, & Chavis
Best Practices in Mental Health, 4(1), 2008
Discusses the role mental health practitioners can play in assessing children exposed to violence and addressing the negative consequences often associated with exposure.