Domestic violence can interfere with both parents' ability to parent to such a degree that the children may be neglected or abused. The demands of parenting can be overwhelming to an abused parent suffering from trauma, damaged self-confidence, and other emotional effects of experiencing domestic violence. Child welfare professionals need to have resources available to help parents who are victims of domestic violence to protect their children from abuse and neglect. This section includes resources and information on research, program initiatives, and parenting strategies to protect children in families experiencing domestic violence.
CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010. S. 3817 (PDF - 409 KB)
United States Congress (2010)
Illustrates how legislation amends and reauthorizes the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act. It provides information on Title 1, Title 2, Title 3, and Title 4 of the act.
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) 2016
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Children's Bureau (2017)
Presents the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which provides guidance to States about child protection, as amended by Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. It offers an overview of CAPTA programs, adoption opportunities, and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act.
Children and Domestic Violence: Public Policy, Parents and Community Involvement
Safe Start Center
Discusses the behavioral and emotional problems of children who have been exposed to domestic violence, changes in laws relating to childhood exposure to domestic violence that directly respond to concerns about the presence of children during domestic violence assaults, and the development of community-based systems of care for children who are exposed to domestic violence but are not abused or neglected. It further articulates the need to engage community members in taking part in community-wide prevention, early intervention, and treatment.Critical steps a caregiver can take to care for children when there is domestic violence happening at home are outlined.
Family Violence Prevention: A Toolkit for Stakeholders
National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families & Center for Family Policy and Practice (2013)
Provides a toolkit with information and resources to assist stakeholders in incorporating domestic violence and child maltreatment awareness into service provision, including information that will increase service providers' understanding of these issues and will also help them identify other beneficial resources or referrals in the community that may support their efforts to institute healthy relationship policies and practices.
Promoting Safety in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment
Starr & Ruby (2010)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Highlights efforts to address co-occurrence - when a child is abused or neglected in a family where domestic violence is also occurring-and draws attention to how Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers can better understand the needs of battered women, a batterer's use of violence, as well as the safety and resilience needs of children within a co-occurrence context. The article also emphasizes the importance of protecting abused parents to ensure the safety of the child, since service providers still grapple with how to respond most effectively.
Trauma-Informed Approaches to Domestic Violence Exposure, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency [Webinar]
Futures Without Violence (2014)
Discusses strategies for both parents and child-care providers to prevent the intergenerational transmission of adverse childhood experiences.