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NCJ Number: 206640 Find in a Library
Title: Research and Practice in Child Interviewing: Implications for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:April 2003  Pages:377-389
Author(s): Kathleen Coulborn Faller
Editor(s): Jon R. Conte
Date Published: April 2004
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment, the impact of domestic violence on children, the application of knowledge from research and practice on child interviewing to children in domestic violence situations, and interviewing strategies and techniques.
Abstract: Research has documented the comorbidity or co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence and the detrimental impact of exposure to domestic violence on children. In addition, domestic violence and child interviewing share the distinction of being contested social issues. Interviewing children about possible domestic violence may be a strategy to insure both a child’s safety and the victim of domestic violence. Typically, the victim of domestic violence will not disclose because of a variety of dynamics associated with the domestic violence and children usually do not seek help for domestic violence on their own. So, there may be a need for specific inquiry to uncover domestic violence and associated traumas. This article begins by highlighting the high comorbidity of domestic violence and child maltreatment then describes briefly the detrimental impact of domestic violence on children. It is argued that an appropriate area of inquiry for professionals who are assessing children and their problems is children’s exposure to domestic violence due to domestic violence, like child sexual abuse, is a contested issue. The article concludes with recommendations for applying research and practice knowledge which guides interviewing children about possible sexual abuse to the issue of domestic violence. References
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child emotional abuse and neglect; Child victim interviews; Children at risk; Children of battered women; Domestic assault; Emotional Abuse/Harm; Family crisis; Female victims; Investigative techniques
Note: Special Issue on Children and Domestic Violence; see NCJ-206637-639 and NCJ-206641-644 for additional articles.
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