Protecting Children from Domestic Violence

Strategies for Community Intervention

Edited by Peter G. Jaffe, Linda L. Baker, and Alison J. Cunningham

Hardcover
Hardcover
February 13, 2004
ISBN 9781572309920
Price: $43.00
238 Pages
Size: 6" x 9"
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The impact on children of domestic violence has received increasing attention, but awareness of the problem has not always translated into public action. This forward-thinking volume brings together leading mental health, legal, educational, and social services professionals from the U.S. and Canada to demonstrate how the problem of violence in the home can best be mitigated through community collaboration. The book provides an understanding of the effects of childhood exposure to domestic violence; considers the most promising assessment approaches; and examines specific interventions with victims and offenders, ranging from individual and group approaches to broader efforts involving schools, police, courts, and the media. Also addressed are the complexity of working with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and the often-ignored subject of how to enhance the roles of fathers in their children's lives.

“This engaging and readable book is a 'must-have' volume for practitioners or policymakers working with or planning for the welfare of children and adults affected by domestic violence....As a researcher who has worked in the areas of family violence and child welfare for more than a decade, I would consider this volume as a comprehensive survey of the state of knowledge about promising strategies for protecting children from domestic violence....This book is a highly recommended tool for anyone with a personal or professional interest in the subject of helping children cope with violence in their families.”

Prevention Researcher


“For far too long, children exposed to domestic violence have been overlooked—if not forgotten—by those who should be protecting them and providing effective interventions. This book is a welcome and invaluable resource for a range of practitioners working in the area of domestic violence. Readers from different fields will be enlightened as to the roles each might play in addressing children's needs. As a text, the book will be useful in the classrooms of law schools, law enforcement training academies, and graduate schools of social work and psychology, to name just a few.”

—Honorable Peter C. Macdonald, (Retired), District Judge, Third Judicial District, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Co-chair, Family Violence Committee, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges


“This volume brings together the latest research about the effects of domestic violence on children and how our policies and programs should respond. It is a critical desk reference for policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and educators who care about and advocate for the safety of children.”

—Diane DePanfilis, PhD, MSW, Institute for Human Services Policy, University of Maryland School of Social Work


“An important contribution. This comprehensive volume tackles ongoing and emerging issues—such as whether childhood exposure to domestic violence should be defined as maltreatment—and fills in gaps in the existing domestic violence literature. The book also addresses assessment and intervention from the individual to the community levels. It will be a valuable resource for professionals in the areas of child welfare, intimate partner violence, law enforcement, and family and criminal law, as well as for faculty in social work, child development, criminal justice, and related programs.”

—Caroline L. Burry, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Table of Contents

I. Introduction to the Problem

1. Purpose and Overview, Peter G. Jaffe, Linda L. Baker, and Alison J. Cunningham

2. Should Childhood Exposure to Adult Domestic Violence Be Defined as Child Maltreatment under the Law?, Jeffrey L. Edleson

3. Young Children Exposed to Adult Domestic Violence: Incidence, Assessment, and Intervention, B. B. Robbie Rossman, Jacqueline G. Rea, Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, and Perry M. Butterfield

4. Group Intervention with Abusive Male Adolescents, Diane L. Davis

II. Individual- and Group-Level Responses

5. Fostering Resilient Coping in Children Exposed to Violence: Cultural Considerations,

Sandra A. Graham-Bermann and Hilda M. Halabu

6. Safety Planning for Abused Women and Their Children, Jennifer L. Hardesty and Jacquelyn C. Campbell

7. Assessing Abusers' Risks to Children, Lundy Bancroft and Jay G. Silverman

8. Fatherhood and Domestic Violence: Exploring the Role of Abusive Men in the Lives of Their Children, Oliver J. Williams, Jacquelyn Boggess, and Janet Carter

III. System-Level Responses

9. The Ethnic Media Outreach Project: "Canada Is a Country for Women," Melpa Kamateros

10. Police in the Lives of Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Collaborative Approaches to Intervention, Berkman, Casey, Steven J. Berkowitz, and Steven Marans

11. The Role of Family Courts in Domestic Violence: The Canadian Experience, Martha Shaffer and Nicholas Bala

12. The Role of Family Courts in Domestic Violence: The U.S. Experience, Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson

13. The Fourth R: Developing Healthy Relationships through School-Based Interventions,

Peter G. Jaffe, David Wolfe, Claire Crooks, Ray Hughes, and Linda L. Baker

IV. Conclusions

14. Future Directions in Ending Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children, Linda L. Baker, Alison J. Cunningham, and Peter G. Jaffe


About the Editors

Peter G. Jaffe, PhD, is Special Advisor on Violence Prevention at the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System of the London Family Court Clinic, a children's mental health center in Ontario, Canada, specializing in issues that bring children and families into the justice system. He has coauthored eight books on domestic violence, including Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability.

Linda L. Baker, PhD, is Executive Director of the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. She has coauthored over 18 resources to enhance understanding and intervention with children and adolescents, including Children Exposed to Violence: A Handbook for Police Trainers to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses.

Alison J. Cunningham, MA, is Director of Research and Planning at the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System. She is the coauthor of two textbooks, Canadian Criminal Justice: A Primer and Canadian Corrections. She is President of the Ontario Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies, and in 2001 was invited to be an advisor to the World Health Organization about standards of health services for child and adult victims of sexual violence.

Contributors

Linda L. Baker, PhD, CPsych, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, London Family Court Clinic, London, Ontario, Canada

Nicholas Bala, LLM, Faculty of Law, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Lundy Bancroft, BA, private practice, Northampton, MA

Miriam Berkman, JD, MSW, Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Steven J. Berkowitz, MD, Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Jacquelyn Boggess, JD, The Center for Fathers, Families, and Public Policy, Madison, WI

Perry M. Butterfield, MA, University of Colorado ealth Sciences Center, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, CO

Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Janet Carter, MA, Family Violence Prevention Fund, San Francisco, CA

Robert L. Casey, PhD, Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Claire Crooks, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Alison J. Cunningham, MA, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, London Family Court Clinic, London, Ontario, Canada

Diane L. Davis, MA, LP, Domestic Abuse Project, Minneapolis, MN

Billie Lee Dunford-Jackson, JD, Family Violence Department, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno, NV

Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Sandra A. Graham-Bermann, PhD, Department of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Hilda M. Halabu, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Jennifer L. Hardesty, PhD, Department of Human and Community Development, University of llinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Ray Hughes, MEd, Thames Valley District School Board, London, Ontario, Canada

Peter G. Jaffe, PhD, CPsych, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, London Family Court Clinic, London, Ontario, Canada

Melpa Kamateros, MS, The Shield of Athena Family Services, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Steven Marans, PhD, Child Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Jacqueline G. Rea, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO

B. B. Robbie Rossman, PhD (deceased), formerly at Department of Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Martha Shaffer, LLM, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jay G. Silverman, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, MA

Oliver J. Williams, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

David Wolfe, PhD, Department of Psychology, niversity of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Audience

Providers of voluntary or court-mandated services to families, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, child protection workers, agency administrators, and other human service professionals; students in these fields.

Course Use

May serve as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in child welfare, social work practice with children and families, community psychology, and family violence. Providers of voluntary or court-mandated services to families, including psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, child protection workers, agency administrators, and other human service professionals; students in these fields.