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July 26, 2018 | Literature Reviews

Updated Comprehensive Review of Interventions for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence


Linda Chamberlain PhD MPH

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Many children and youth experience domestic violence, which can lead to significant physical, mental, behavioral, cognitive, and developmental problems. There is an ongoing need to develop and evaluate effective interventions for children exposed to domestic violence (CEDV), as well as to disseminate information about best practices to domestic violence advocacy programs, community partners, and other service providers. Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) received funding in 2010 from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, through the Expanding Services to Children and Youth Program, to conduct a baseline national scan of interventions for CEDV and create a web-based repository of interventions and related resources. A three-pronged approach, which combined literature reviews, searches of evidence-based practice registries, and direct inquiry with key informants, was employed to identify interventions that spanned the continuum of empirical, experiential, and contextual
evidence. Following completion of the baseline scan in 2012, the web-based resource, became available online. FUTURES received additional funding from DHHS to update the national scan in 2017. Findings from the updated national scan have been added to this publication.