The Co-Occurence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

It is well documented that domestic violence and child maltreatment often co-occur in families and that children who are exposed to domestic violence face an increased risk of negative social, developmental, and psychological problems, including juvenile delinquency, decreased social competence, depression, and posttraumatic stress. Historically, domestic violence interventions focused on the adult victim, while child protective services focused on the children; however, more recently, both fields have learned that one of the best ways to keep a child safe is to keep that child's parent safe. Accordingly, services have begun to focus on keeping all family members safe and, whenever possible, keeping children with their nonabusing parent. Read the rest of the article - click here.  (July/August 2014)