Supporting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

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Reviewed: 2017

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Promoting Resilience: Helping Young Children and Parents Affected by Substance Abuse, Domestic Violence, and Depression in the Context of Welfare Reform
This publication from the National Center for Children in Poverty includes three strategies that use early childhood settings as the entry point to serve families affected by substance abuse, domestic violence, depression, and other mental health problems.

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides support and information through technical assistance, training, and prevention to organizations and individuals working to end violence in the lives of victims and their children.

How to Support a Child Who Has Witnessed Violence
This brief list from the Child Witness to Violence Project suggests ways that care providers can help.

Safe from the Start: Taking Action on Children Exposed to Violence
This publication from the U.S. Department of Justice describes an action plan that outlines principles for preventing and reducing the negative impact of the exposure to violence on children.

Caught in the Crossfire: Children and Domestic Violence
This resource from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress explains that children experience trauma in a variety of ways.

Questions and Answers About Domestic Violence
This resource from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress explains the signs, symptoms, causes, and effects of abuse and trauma.

Complex Trauma in Early Childhood
The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress explains that psychological trauma in early childhood can have a tremendous negative impact because it can distort the infant, toddler, or young child’s social, emotional, neurological, physical, and sensory development.

APA Publications:Children, Violence and Trauma
The American Psychological Association’s ACT program helps build safe and strong families.

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators
What can be done at school to help a traumatized child? This online publication from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network includes descriptions of the effects and suggestions for the child’s teachers.

Additional Resource(s)

Children and the dark side of human experience: Confronting global realities and rethinking child development
James Garbarino
Springer, 2008

Children exposed to domestic violence
Robert A. Geffner, Peter G. Jaffe, and Marlies Sudermann (Editors)
Haworth, 2000

Children who see too much: Lessons from the Child Witness to Violence project
Betsy McAlister Groves
Beacon Press, 2002

Ending the cycle of violence: Community responses to children of battered women
Einat Peled, Peter G. Jaffe, and Jeffrey L. Edleson
Sage, 1995

Resilience among Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: The Role of Risk and Protective Factors
Cecilia Martinez-Torteya, G. Anne Bogat, Alexander von Eye, and Alytia A. Levendosky
Child Development, 2009