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.
Building Domestic Violence Health Care Responses in Indian Country: A Promising Practices Report (PDF - 3,986)
Marjavi & Ybanez (2010)
Family Violence Prevention Fund, Sacred Circle, National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women, & Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project
Discusses the incidence of intimate partner violence in Indian Country and highlights the efforts by the Family Violence Prevention Fund between 2002-2009 to work with more than 100 Indian, Tribal, and urban health care facilities, as well as domestic violence advocacy programs across the United States, to improve the health care responses to domestic violence.
CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010. S. 3817 (PDF - 243 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.
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.
Domestic Violence and Child Protective Services Safety Plans [Webinar]
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (2012)
Presents information on the differences, similarities and goals of safety planning in the prevention of child abuse and neglect and in domestic violence situations. The webinar also presents key considerations that should be reviewed in child protective services safety screening in domestic violence situations and a case example is used throughout the presentation to illustrate key concepts.
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.
National Evaluation of Safe Start Promising Approaches: Assessing Program Implementation (PDF- 1,730 KB)
Schultz, Jaycox, Hickman, Chandra, Barnes-Proby, Acosta, et al. (2010)
Evaluates the activities of 15 Safe Start Promising Approaches (SSPA) programs for the first two years of implementation. This report synthesizes information across sites, describes program and community settings, interventions, and implementations. A detailed description of each SSPA program and the results of the training evaluation are included.
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.
Realizing the Promise of Home Visitation: Addressing Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: A Guide for Policy Makers
Family Violence Prevention Fund, Avon Foundation for Women, & Safe Start Center (2010)
Assists policymakers and advocates build a strong national policy framework to maximize the effectiveness and reach of early childhood home-visiting programs. The brief highlights a number of home-visiting policies such as the needs of mothers and children who are experiencing or at-risk of experiencing domestic violence, the link between domestic violence and child abuse and neglect, and the impact of domestic violence on the health and well-being of children and families.
Supporting Children Who Live With Violence
Futures Without Violence
Provides tools, resources, and technical assistance to State domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and local domestic violence programs. The goal is to increase programs' capacity to respond effectively and with a research-informed approach.
When Child Abuse Overlaps with Domestic Violence: The Factors that Influence Child Protection Workers' Beliefs
Postmus & Merritt, (2010)
Children and Youth Services Review, 32(3)
Describes research that explores factors that influence the beliefs and attitudes of 64 workers from a child protective services system in a Midwestern State. Results of research conducted provide insight into challenges of addressing workers' beliefs about domestic violence and its overlap with child abuse and instill the need for more research to fully grasp how best to respond to families experiencing domestic violence.