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NCJ Number: 183316 Find in a Library
Title: Future of Children: Domestic Violence and Children
Journal: Future of Children  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:Winter 1999  Pages:1-144
Editor(s): Richard E. Behrman M.D.
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 157
Sponsoring Agency: David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Los Altos, CA 94022
Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These 10 articles focuses on children who are exposed to domestic assault between their parents or other intimate partners and focuses on the prevalence and effects of this exposure, legal and service system responses to domestic violence, and strategies for improving intervention and prevention programs.
Abstract: The introduction notes that although data are limited, research indicates that millions of children are exposed to domestic violence each year and that this exposure can have significant negative effects on children’s emotional, social, and cognitive development. Individual papers focus on the prevalence and effects, the impacts of Federal and Sate laws, the response of the legal system, the role of child protective services, community-based services, responses of the health care system, mental health services for children who witness domestic violence, and emerging prevention strategies. Recommended actions include research, stable funding sources, new strategies to identify and serve children exposed to domestic violence, and clear protocols for intervening with families in which both domestic violence and child maltreatment are present. Additional recommended actions include ongoing professional training for all who have regular contact with families and children, empowerment of courts to design and enforce protective orders that address the needs of battered women and their children, and consideration of the best interest of the child in child custody and visitation cases involving domestic violence. Further recommendations include attention to the potential unintended consequences of new laws and public support for effective prevention programs. Photographs, table, chapter reference notes, and 26 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Child abuse detection; Child abuse prevention; Child protection services; Child welfare; Children of battered women; Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Domestic assault prevention; Juvenile mental health services; Juvenile victims; Physician child abuse neglect role; Psychological victimization effects
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