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Dec/Jan 2011Vol. 11, No. 10When Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence Co-Occur

Acts of child abuse or neglect and domestic violence often co-occur within the same family unit. The latest issue of The Judges' Page newsletter presents an array of articles to inform court-affiliated organizations and members of the community about the prevalence of child abuse and domestic violence co-occurrence. Child abuse and domestic violence co-occur in 40 to 70 percent of dependency cases. The journal discusses the need for judges to be educated on the nuances of co-occurrence cases in order to exercise judicial leadership in developing a coordinated response and explains the need for appropriate services to address the child abuse and domestic violence aspects of such cases.

The issue begins by presenting background information on understanding domestic violence issues in the context of child abuse cases. Other topics discussed include the importance of cross-system collaboration in providing for the safety of both children and adult victims of domestic violence, the role of court-appointed special advocate/guardian ad litem (CASA/GAL) volunteers in supporting children exposed to domestic violence, the safety concerns of domestic violence victims relative to parental and relative notification laws in dependency cases, and the problem of adolescent partner abuse when working with teens involved in dependency cases.

The Judges' Page is a publication of the National CASA Association in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and is available on the National CASA website: