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September 18, 2015 | Fact/Tip Sheet, Practice Guidance

Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners


Children's Bureau

Publication Date:

September 2015

Protective factors are conditions or attributes of individuals, families, communities, or the larger society that, when present, promote wellbeing and reduce the risk for negative outcomes. These factors may “buffer” the effect of risk exposure and, importantly, may help individuals and families negotiate difficult circumstances and fare better in school, work, and life.