Collaboration Between the Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Systems
Some families involved with the public child welfare system experience domestic violence. Collaboration between domestic violence and child welfare systems can lead to improved service delivery to families that are dealing with issues of domestic violence and child maltreatment at the same time.
|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 ...|
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