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Strategies for Healing & Strengthening Families

Impact of Family Violence

On average, more than 10 million adults in the United States experience domestic violence each year – this means that an adult in the U.S. experiences violence more frequently than every 3 seconds. Many of these adults are parents or caregivers who often go to great and courageous lengths to protect their children from abusive partners. All children and youth who live with domestic violence are affected by the experience. The nature and extent of the effects vary greatly. Some children are severely traumatized while others are able to cope well, and go on to live healthy, productive lives. 

PARENTAL AND CAREGIVER INCARCERATION

Parental incarceration is considered a toxic stressor and can have lasting negative effects on children. When appropriate and...

EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

All children and youth who live with domestic violence are affected by the experience. The nature and extent of...

SUPPORTING STAFF WELLNESS – SECONDARY TRAUMATIC STRESS

Those of us who work on behalf of survivors are exposed to stories of violence and trauma firsthand, this...

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE: WHY IT IS NO LONGER WIDELY USED TO UNDERSTAND DV

The “cycle of violence” is a model that describes a pattern of predictable repeated domestic violence. The model describes...

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & SUBSTANCE USE 

The simultaneous experience of domestic violence and substance use is a serious challenge for many survivors. While many survivors...

PARENTING AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Experiencing domestic violence can have significant negative impacts on parent and child survivors, and on their relationships with each...

GET THE FACTS ABOUT FAMILY VIOLENCE

On average, more than 10 million adults in the United States experience domestic violence each year - this means...

PARENTING BY MEN WHO USE VIOLENCE 

Research shows that many abusive partners can develop empathy toward their children more easily than towards their partners, and...

PROTECTIVE FACTORS & RESILIENCY

Domestic violence (DV) protective factors are individual and relational attributes, as well as environmental and social conditions, that lessen...

ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is the term given to describe all types of abuse, neglect and other traumatic experiences...