#CEVchat: Children and DV recap

Exposure to DV puts kids at risk for becoming poly-victims, more so than many other forms of violence.

— Sherry Hamby, psychologist and NatSCEV researcher

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Safe Start Center teamed up with VAWnet to host a Twitter chat on children’s exposure to domestic violence.

Special guest Sherry Hamby discussed the issue related to findings from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV).

Hamby explained that NatSCEV found more than one in four children were exposed to domestic violence during their lifetime and that the definition of parents has been expanded to include others in a household that may participate in the violence.

“Boyfriends of mothers, for example, were 1 of 9 perpetrators and are missed in most studies of children’s exposure to dv,” Hamby tweeted.

Other than Hamby’s insight, participants from across the country were able to connect, ask questions and share resources. From polyvictimization to building resilience, the chat covered multiple aspects of children’s exposure to domestic violence.

Missed the chat? Catch up on the discussion on Storify.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is almost over, but work to protect children exposed to this type of violence isn’t. Below, find helpful resources for anyone who works with children and families touched by domestic violence.

From Safe Start Center

CEV in the Home Infographic
Research on children and domestic violence in an easy to digest graphic.

Issue Brief 5: Domestic Violence Agencies and Settings
This issue brief translates emerging research and program practices into action steps for providers to design and implement programs in domestic violence shelters and agencies that build their capacity to offer sensitive, timely, and appropriate interventions that enhance children’s safety, promote their resilience, and ensure their well-being.

Tips for Domestic Violence and Homeless Shelters
Families living in domestic violence or homeless shelters are more likely to be exposed to violence and other traumatic stressors. This resource offers warning signs and tips for domestic violence and homeless shelter staff.

Tips for Parents & Other Caregivers
A tip sheet with warning signs and action steps for parents and caregivers who have a child exposed to violence.

Healing the Invisible Wounds: A Guide for Families
A practical guide for families dealing with a child exposed to violence with warning signs and tips.

From VAWnet: National Resource Center on Violence Against Women


Enhanced Services to Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (May 2012)

Working with Children Towards a Healthy and Non-Violent Future by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (June 2008)


Emerging Responses to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence by Jeffrey Edleson in consultation with Barbara Nissley (Updated July 2011)

Parenting Interventions for Men Who Batter by Katreena Scott in consultation with Fernando Mederos (June 2012)

The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Woman Abuse by Jeffrey Edleson (Revised April 1999)


Honor Our Voices: Children’s Perspectives of Domestic Violence (2011) by the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse and University of Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

Connect. Support. Hope. (2012) by the Children of Domestic Violence Foundation

Children as Witness Domestic Violence Project (2010) by Cabrini College


Enhanced Services to Children and Youth who have been Exposed to Domestic Violence: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned by Anne Menard, Kenya Fairley, Jackie List Warrilow, and Nancy Durborow for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (November 2011)

Forging New Collaborations Between Domestic Violence Programs, Child Welfare Services, and Communities of Color by Nina Carter for Women of Color Network, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2003)


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