Children experiencing domestic abuse

The BMJ has published findings from research carried out by the universities of Bristol, Queen Mary and Cambridge in the UK and McMaster and Western in Canada looking at evidence on the best ways to identify and respond to children experiencing domestic abuse. Findings from a review of 11 studies with 42 children, 220 parents, and 251 health care and social services professionals include: children and mothers wanted professionals to talk to children directly and engage them in safety planning; professionals preferred to engage with children via the parent, and did not perceive children exposed to domestic abuse as patients or clients in their own right; health care professionals should enquire about the child’s safety when they see clinical signs of domestic violence and abuse in children.

Source: The Conversation Date: 09 May 2018

Further information: Identification and initial response to children’s exposure to intimate partner violence: a qualitative synthesis of the perspectives of children, mothers and professionals (PDF)

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