2014 FACT Issue Brief – Impact of Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence on Children in the Home (PDF)
When intimate partner violence (IPV) is perpetrated in a child’s home, that child will be affected. The type or degree of influence depends upon a variety of contextual and protective factors. In some cases, the long-term impact can be minimal. However, for far too many children, exposure to IPV can have varied and far-reaching consequences.
No single child will have the same experience, not even those children in the same home witnessing the same event. The impact can depend upon the child’s age, gender, community involvement, relationship with the perpetrator and victim, and internal characteristics.
This Issue Brief provides an overview of research findings about the impact of intimate partner violence on children in the home. Information is presented to help advocates, professionals, researchers and community members identify and address the needs of these children. However, understanding the impact of intimate partner violence is just the first step. Once a child has been asked to share his or her experience, it becomes a matter of necessity to have a strategy in place to help that child.
A one page summary of this brief can be downloaded here.
Additional resources related to this brief are found below.
- Connect: Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
- Home Visiting Consortium Trainings
- Honor Our Voices
- The Needs of Children in Domestic Violence Shelters Toolkit
- Evidence-Based Practices for Children Exposed to Violence: A Selection from Federal Databases
Future Without Violence – Child Witness to Domestic Violence Programs Evaluated
- Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
- Children’s Domestic Violence Response Team (CDVRT)
- Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)
- Child Witness Project
- Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
- Community Group Program for Children and Mothers’ Exposed to Woman Abuse
- Kids Club and Mom’s Empowerment
- Northnode: 12-week curricula for Children and Caregivers Affected by Domestic Violence
- PALS: Peace-A Learned Solution
- Shelter-based Group Intervention with Parents and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
- Project Support
- Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)
- TARGET-A: Trauma Affect Regulation: Guidelines for Education and Therapy for Adolescents and Pre-Adolescents
- Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Vermont Child Trauma Collaborative
- Connections and Breaking the Cycle (BTC)
- Seeking Safety (SS for Adolescents)
- Parent-Child Trauma Recovery (PCTRP)
- A Window Between Worlds
- Caring Dads: Helping Fathers Value Their Children
- Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency: A Comprehensive Framework with Complexly Traumatized Youth (ARC)
- Real Life Heroes (RLH)
- Camp HOPE
- Christians as Family Advocates – CAFA Parenting Program
- Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE)