• July/August 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 7

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Child Welfare Case Outcomes Affected by Domestic Violence

Research has shown that child maltreatment and domestic violence co-occur in an estimated 30 to 60 percent of cases. A 2013 article in Child and Youth Services Review, "Case Outcomes of Child Welfare-Involved Families Affected by Domestic Violence: A Review of the Literature," provided a comprehensive review of the literature to determine the effect of domestic violence on out-of-home placements and on case outcomes.

Based on 16 articles published between 1997 and 2011 that met their inclusion criteria, the authors found that children in families affected by domestic violence may be more at risk of being placed in out-of-home care than children in families not affected by domestic violence. They also found that children in out-of-home care who were affected by domestic violence were less likely to be reunited with their families than children in out-of-home care who were not affected by domestic violence.

"Case Outcomes of Child Welfare-Involved Families Affected by Domestic Violence: A Review of the Literature," by Ijeoma Nwabuzor Ogbonnaya and Cara Pohle, Children and Youth Services Review, 35, is available for purchase here:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740913002028

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