• July/August 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 7

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Factsheet for Parents on Effects of Domestic Violence

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) developed a series of 10 factsheets to help parents better understand how children may be affected by domestic violence and how they can help their children heal. While the series is not specifically geared toward child welfare professionals, it could be a valued resource for those working with families affected by domestic violence.
The factsheets were developed through the NCTSN Domestic Violence Work Group that drew from the experiences of domestic violence survivors, research findings, and reports from victim advocates and mental health professionals.

The series addresses myriad issues related to family violence, one factsheet on each topic, including the following:

  1. How Does Domestic Violence Affect Children?
  2. Celebrating Your Child's Strengths
  3. Before You Talk to Your Children: How Your Feelings Matter
  4. Listening and Talking to Your Child About Domestic Violence
  5. The Importance of Playing With Your Children
  6. Keeping Your Children Safe and Responding to Their Fears
  7. Managing Challenging Behavior of Children Living With Domestic Violence
  8. Where to Turn if You Are Worried About Your Child
  9. Helping Your Child Navigate a Relationship With the Abusive Parent
  10. A Parent's Self-Care and Self-Reflection 

The Children and Domestic Violence Fact Sheet Series, and other materials related to domestic violence, is available on the NCTSN website:


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