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NCJ Number: NCJ 240526     Find in a Library
Title: Child Welfare Policy and Practice on Children's Exposure to Domestic Violence
Author(s): Theodore P. Cross ; Ben Matthews ; Lil Tonmyr ; Debbie Scott ; Catherine Ouimet
  Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:36  Issue:3  Dated:March 2012  Pages:210 to 216
Date Published: 03/2012
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This article presents a summary of research, policy, and programming in the United States, Canada, and Australia that deal with the child welfare response to children’s exposure to domestic violence.
Abstract: A review of studies, policies, and programs across the United States, Canada, and Australia, found that while the incidence of children’s exposure to domestic violence (EDV) is underreported, the studies indicate that 7-23 percent of youths in the general population experienced EDV; 36-39 percent of youth in domestic violence cases have witnessed the violence; and almost 46 percent of caregivers in child maltreatment investigations have experienced domestic violence. The review of the studies, policies, and programs in the three countries was conducted to determine the extent to which child welfare agencies respond to the problem of adolescent EDV. The review found that improvements need to be made to the response by child welfare workers and authorities in dealing with the problem of adolescent EDV. Increases in funding are needed to improve training, develop programs, and increase staffing in order to meet the needs of children and families dealing with the problem of domestic violence. The authors also call for increased cooperation between authorities, child welfare workers, and child welfare advocates to respond more effectively to the problem of adolescent exposure to domestic violence. References
Main Term(s): Exposure to Violence
Index Term(s): Welfare services ; Child welfare ; Domestic assault ; Domestic assault prevention ; Assessment (child health and welfare) ; Canada ; Australia ; United States of America
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Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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