October 3, 2018

Childhood Domestic Violence


October is National Domestic Violence Month. Estimates of the number of children who have been exposed to domestic violence each year vary; however research suggests that nearly 30 million children in the United States will be exposed to some type of family violence before the age of 17, and there is a 30 to 60 percent overlap of child maltreatment and domestic violence. (Hamby, Finkelhor, Turner, & Ormrod, 2011; Taggart, 2011).

Children can be impacted by domestic violence in numerous forms. Witnessing can mean SEEING actual incidents of physical/and or sexual abuse. It can mean HEARING threats or fighting noises from another room. Children may also OBSERVE the aftermath of physical abuse such as blood, bruises, tears, torn clothing, and broken items. Finally children may be AWARE of the tension in the home such as their parent’s fearfulness when the abuser’s is near.


DV Facts


  • Children from homes with violence are much more likely to experience significant psychological problems short- and long-term

  • Children who have experienced domestic violence often meet the diagnostic criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects on their brain are similarly to those experienced by combat veterans

  • Children of domestic violence are 3 times more likely to repeat the cycle in adulthood, as growing up with domestic violence is the most significant predictor of whether or not someone will be engaged in domestic violence later in life


Recently Added Resources:



September 2018 Child Welfare Key Indicators Monthly Report


Opening Doors for Young Parents (Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2018)


Caregiver Engagement in Court: Listening, Sharing & Acting Training Video


Documents from the above training can be found in our Foster Parent Resources page under Court Related Forms


The workshops we recorded at the 2018 Dependency Summit have been posted HERE

Upcoming Events

National Webinar: Fundamentals of Child Sex Trafficking,
Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)


This webinar is hosted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and this module serves as a foundation to understand the complex issue of child sex trafficking. Topics covered include basic statistics on the issue, pertinent federal and state laws (specific to GA), pathways to entry, identification of victims, and prevention strategies. This webinar is ideal for the participant who is new to the issue but can be beneficial to anyone with an interest in making a difference in the lives of CSEC victims.


Click HERE to register.


Live Webinar: Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) - Empowering, Connecting, and Correcting,
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern)


Presented by: Dr. Martie Gillen, Associate Professor -University of Florida, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences


This webinar will provide an overview of Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). TBRI® is a holistic approach that is multi-disciplinary, flexible, and attachment-centered. It is an evidence-based, trauma-informed intervention that is specifically designed for children who come from hard places, such as maltreatment, abuse, neglect, multiple home placements, and violence. TBRI® consists of three sets of principles: connecting, empowering, and correcting. We will explore the risk factors that influence the way children think, trust, and connect with others. A discussion of how these risk factors can change children’s brain development and brain chemistry will be included. Attendees will receive strategies and tools to help children along the path to healthy connection and functioning.


Click HERE to register.




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