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Responding to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
The following research studies and policies address a variety of collaborative programs that respond to children exposed to domestic violence. Resources include State and local examples.
National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
Provides information on the effects of violence exposure on children and training and technical assistance to a variety of collaborative community programs that respond to children and families exposed to violence.
Safe Start Center
Aims to broaden the scope of knowledge and resources for responding to the needs of children exposed to violence and their families.
|Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence|
|Series Title:||State Statutes|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2013 - 18 pages|
|Discusses laws that extend legal protection to children who may be harmed by witnessing acts of domestic violence in their homes. The issues examined include the circumstances that constitute "witnessing" domestic violence and the legal consequence to persons who commit the domestic violence, such as enhanced penalties and fines. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.|
16 Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Based Recommendations for Advocates Working with Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (PDF - 236 KB)
DeBoard-Lucas, Wasserman, Groves, & Bair-Merritt (2013)
Futures Without Violence
Offers a set of concise and practical recommendations create to help guide for program staff and advocates in their daily working with mothers and families. The recommendations are drawn from
a review of core components of evidence-based therapeutic intervention models for children exposed to intimate partner violence.
|Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence|
|Author(s):||Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Caliber Associates.
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|Year Published:||2003 - 108 pages|
|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 ...|
Children Exposed to Violence
Provides research on programs serving children who have witnessed or are victimized by crime to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. Research is scored on being effective, promising, or showing no effects.
Connect: Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: In-Service Training for Resource Families
Family Violence Prevention Fund (2009)
Offers a basic training session for foster parents, kin caregivers, and adoptive parents on the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of exposure to domestic violence on children, and strategies for supporting children who have been exposed to violence.
Counseling Skills for Working With Trauma: Healing From Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Violence and Domestic Abuse
Provides a comprehensive introductory guide to understanding complex trauma and offers practical advice on counseling survivors of domestic violence and helping them learn practical skills to restore control over trauma symptoms in order to aid healing and posttraumatic growth.
|Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System|
|Series Title:||Bulletins for Professionals|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2009 - 14 pages|
|System responses to domestic violence have typically been targeted toward adult victims of abuse. However, increased attention is now being focused on children who witness domestic violence. This bulletin addresses the impact of domestic violence on children and the resulting implications on professional practice. Resources such as websites and additional publications are also provided for further information.|
Enhanced Services to Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned (PDF - 4,089 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & Family and Youth Services Bureau (2012)
Describes the experiences of nine demonstration projects funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (HHS) to better serve children, youth, and families experiencing domestic violence. The report includes information on collaborative partnerships formed among related service providers.
Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection From Federal Databases (PDF - 335 KB)
U.S. Department of Justice & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2011)
Summarizes Federal reviews of research studies and program evaluations to help localities address childhood exposure to violence and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities.
Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children's Exposure to Violence: A Guide for Families (PDF - 3080 KB)
Safe Start Center (2009)
Helps parents and other caregivers understand the potential impact of exposure to violence on the development of children and provides practical suggestions for supporting the healing process for children of all ages.
Honor Our Voices
Avon Foundation for Women, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA), and Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota
Presents an online learning module of practice guides and digital stories designed to increase the awareness and sensitivity of shelter advocates and other providers to the needs of children and suggests promising ways of enhancing services for children exposed to domestic violence.
State and local examples
Child Welfare Practices for Cases with Domestic Violence (PDF - 748 KB)
Oregon Department of Human Services, Children, Adults and Families Division (2010)
Focuses on domestic violence cases in which child protective services intervenes and describes the department's best practices for working with domestic violence cases throughout the life of a case.
The Child Witness to Violence Project
Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center
Provides counseling, advocacy, training, and outreach focusing on children who are bystanders to community and domestic violence.
Identifying and Responding to the Needs of Children in Domestic Violence Shelters: Final Report (PDF - 973 KB)
Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University (2008)
Describes a training protocol developed in North Carolina to improve the capacities of staff of domestic violence shelters to screen, intervene, and refer shelter residents who are experiencing distress related to their exposure to violence.
The Needs of Children in Domestic Violence Shelters (PDF - 3951 KB)
Center for Child and Family Health (2009)
Serves as a teaching tool and guide for domestic violence workers in North Carolina to understand how trauma from domestic violence affects children and how best to serve the children's needs.