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NCJ Number: 202200 Find in a Library
Title: Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators
Author(s): Linda L. Baker; Peter G. Jaffe; Kathy J. Moore
Corporate Author: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
London, Ontario N6A 5P6, Canada
Ontario Women's Directorate
Toronto Ontario M5G 1V2, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 1-895953-11-1
Sale Source: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
London Family Court Clinic, Inc.
200-254 Pall Mall Street
Suite 200
London, Ontario N6A 5P6,
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This handbook for early childhood educators in Ontario, Canada, focuses on the dynamics of domestic violence and its effects on children, interventions, implications for the child-care setting, community support, and helping organizations.
Abstract: In portraying the dynamics of domestic violence (physical and sexual), a "power and control" wheel is depicted. The hub of the wheel is the perpetrator's drive for power and control. The spokes of the wheel are described as using coercion and threats; intimidation; emotional abuse; isolation; minimizing, denying, and blaming; using children; using male privilege; and using economic abuse. The paper advises that children are victimized when the perpetrator of domestic violence uses them as part of the control tactics against the nonoffending parent. Factors that influence children's adjustment following exposure to domestic violence are listed, as are factors that help children cope when they witness domestic violence. Also listed are factors that pose increased risk for problems in children who witness domestic violence; and signs of traumatic stress reactions in children are listed as well. Potential impacts of domestic violence on children at different ages are outlined. Interventions for child witnesses of domestic violence encompass community responses and parent responses. Implications for the child-care setting focus on responding to disclosures of domestic violence, safety planning, strategies for handling behaviors that may be associated with exposure to domestic violence, and when staff should report suspected domestic violence. The presentation of the findings of the 1999 General Social Survey in Canada focuses on the prevalence and nature of domestic violence as well as the prevalence of child exposure to domestic violence. Agencies that can assist in the provision of services for children and families exposed to domestic violence in Ontario are listed.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse causes; Child abuse reporting; Child abuse situation remedies; Children at risk; Children of battered women; Domestic assault; Domestic violence causes; Educators; Educators child-abuse neglect role; Ontario; Psychological victimization effects
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