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Title: Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Law Enforcement and Community Partnerships, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Barbara E. Smith ; Laura B. Nickles ; Darlanne H. Mulmat ; Heather J. Davies
Corporate Author: American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
United States of America

San Diego Assoc of Governments (SANDAG)
United States of America
Date Published: 03/2001
Page Count: 148
  Annotation: This study was designed to identify promising strategies for helping children exposed to domestic violence by community-oriented police departments that were working with community partners.
Abstract: A mail survey provided a national perspective on how law enforcement departments were responding to children who were exposed to domestic violence. Telephone surveys with police departments and service providers in select communities provided greater details about their approaches to such children. Site visits to five communities provided insight into the coordinated response between police and service providers to help children exposed to domestic violence. The mail survey found that nearly 75 percent of the departments surveyed had a policy, protocol, and/or law that required officers to investigate whether any children had been exposed to domestic violence being investigated by the police. The most common type of outreach by officers to such children was to make a referral to child protective services or another service agency. It was less common for the service providers to accompany an officer to the scene of the domestic violence in order to begin intervention immediately for any children. Recommendations were derived from the telephone surveys and the site visits. First, communities should recognize that children exposed to domestic violence often suffer short-term and long-term effects that require special services. Second, police should play a pivotal "gatekeeping" function in referring children exposed to domestic violence to services. Third, proactive responses to children exposed to domestic violence require substantial commitment from the community and service providers. Fourth, coordination of efforts and rapport-building between police and service providers should be implemented to serve children exposed to domestic violence. Fifth, resources should be dedicated to effectively serve children exposed to domestic violence. Sixth, evaluation is required to determine "best practices" for serving children exposed to domestic violence. 3 tables and 37 references
Main Term(s): Community policing
Index Term(s): Referral services ; Police social services ; Domestic assault ; Police referral ; Police-social worker cooperation ; Police social worker role ; Children of battered women ; NIJ final report
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 98-IJ-CX-0069
Sale Source: American Bar Assoc
Ctr on Children and the Law
1800 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: Dataset may be archived by the NIJ Data Resources Program at the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
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