Northnode: 12-week curricula for Children and Caregivers Affected by Domestic Violence

Type of Approach:

  • Group

Provider Education Level:

  • Unspecified


  • Greater than 12 weeks
  • Less than 12 weeks

Trauma Type:

  • Domestic Violence

Trauma Symptom:


  • Unspecified


Type of services:

Curricula for therapeutic group intervention for children exposed to domestic violence and their adult caregivers.

Program setting:

Not specified

Length of program/number sessions:

12 weeks

Type(s) of trauma addressed:

Exposure to domestic violence

Unique/Innovative Characteristics

These curricula for children exposed to domestic violence and their caregivers were piloted at several sites with encouraging results.

Information for this summary was abstracted from reports available on the website.

Date Added/Updated:



  • 6-12 (Childhood)


  • English
  • Spanish

Ethnic Racial Group:

  • Unspecified
  • White

Caregivers Included:

  • Extended Family
  • Foster Parent
  • Mother
  • Other
  • Step Parents

Population Adaptations:

Age range of children:

8 to 12 years old

Parent/adult caregiver included in intervention:

A 12-week companion curriculum is offered for caregivers of children participating in group services.

Ethnic/racial and other groups served:

No specific information provided.

Languages available:

English, Spanish


Theoretical basis/core principles:

The curricula were developed collaboratively by agencies providing clinical services to children affected by domestic violence, and includes materials from the publication, Group Treatment for Children Who Witness Woman Abuse, A Manual for Practitioners (Children’s Aid Society, London, Ontario, Canada).

Evaluation Studies:

Pre- and post-test evaluation was conducted with 75 children (average age=9.88 years) who received the 12-week curriculum. Children in the study were from nine different Department of Social Services funded agencies that provide clinical services to children affected by domestic violence in the State of Massachusetts. The ethnic background of children in the study was: 79% White, 13.3% Hispanic, and 7% other. Fifty-nine percent of the children were currently receiving other types of services such as individual and/or family therapy.
The evaluation focused on five outcomes: increased pro-social behavior, increased ability to identify/express feelings, increased conflict resolution skills, increased recognition of and decreased tolerance for abuse and increased safety planning skills.
The report cited below indicates (actual data not provided):

  • Increases in children’s self-reported safety planning skills
  • Increases in children’s knowledge about violence
  • Increases in children’s self-reported conflict resolution skills

Sixty-four percent of caretakers gave the highest helpfulness rating regarding the group for their child and 83.5% reported that the goals they set for their children were met or exceeded. More than half (56%) of the caregivers reported they had enough information about the children’s group while 46% felt they did not have as much information as they would like.
Lennett J. 2005. Evaluation of Clinical Services for Children Affected by Domestic Violence: Lessons Learned and to be Learned. Download at

Rated/Reviewed by Evidence Based Registries:

This is a curriculum and as such would not be reviewed as an individual intervention/model in the registries or databases reviewed for this project.

Training Contact:

Training Notes:

Training manuals:

Both of the curricula listed below can be downloaded at .
Group Services for Children Affected by Domestic Violence: An Interactive Group Curriculum for 8 to 12-Year Old Children. Revised April, 2007. Northnode, Inc. and a Collaborative of Children’s Service Providers.
Group Services for Children Affected by Domestic Violence: An Interactive, 12-week Companion Curriculum for Caregivers of Children Participating in Group Services. Northnode, Inc. and a Collaborative of Children’s Service Providers.

Training available:

No information available

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