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NCJ Number: 192703 Find in a Library
Title: Case Assessment and Service Receipt in Families Experiencing Both Child Maltreatment and Woman Battering
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal violence  Volume:16  Issue:5  Dated:May 2001  Pages:437-458
Author(s): Sandra K. Beeman; Annelies K. Hagemeister; Jeffrey L. Edleson
Date Published: May 2001
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined data for 172 families as it compared families that had experienced both child maltreatment and woman battering (n=95) and families that had experienced only child maltreatment (n=77).
Abstract: First, the study examined whether dual-violence families were different from child maltreatment-only families on characteristics of the family, the child victim, the adult perpetrator, or maltreatment reports. Second, the study focused on whether there were differences in the two categories of families in terms of the agency worker's assessments, i.e., determination of maltreatment, determination of need for protective services, overall risk level to children, and case status upon completion of the assessment. For cases with determined maltreatment, the study considered whether there were differences in the characteristics of the maltreatment in terms of type or injury severity. For those cases with determined maltreatment or determined need for protective services, the study sought to identify any differences in the service response of the child protection services (CPS) agency. The study found that dual-violence families were more likely to include an unrelated male in the household, to involve a neglect allegation, and to include perpetrator substance abuse. Child protection workers were found to assess dual-violence families to be at higher risk, and the workers were more likely to open the case for child protection services. Among open cases, however, dual-violence families received fewer services but were more likely to be referred to the county attorney. These findings and their implications for policy, practice, and research are discussed. 4 tables, 3 notes, and 14 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Case management; Child abuse; Child protection services; Comparative analysis; Domestic assault; Social worker casework
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