Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Family Violence

Hamby, S.,
Finkelhor, D.,
Turner, H.,
Ormrod, R.
Year Published: 2011
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Juvenile Justice Bulletin, October 2011
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Cooperative Agreement No. 2005?JL?FX?0048)

This bulletin presents data on exposure to family violence from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence to date. The authors provide in-depth analysis of results regarding exposure to family violence among children in the United States, including exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV), assaults by parents on siblings of children surveyed, and other assaults involving teen and adult household members. The data confirm that children are exposed to unacceptable rates of violence in the home. Eleven percent were exposed to some form of family violence in the past year, including 6.6 percent exposed to IPV between parents or between a parent and the parent's partner. Twenty-six percent were exposed to at least one form of family violence during their lifetimes. Most youth exposed to family violence, including 90 percent of those exposed to IPV, were direct witnessesto the violence. The authors discuss the implications for policymakers, researchers, and practitioners.

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