• September 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 8

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New Spotlight Report on Well-Being

The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) released a new research brief on child well-being highlighting data collected from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. The Spotlight on Child Well-Being focuses on the decline in the number of mothers of children with reports of maltreatment who also self-report physical domestic violence.

The brief notes that more than 87 percent of children who are the subject of a report of child abuse or neglect remain in the home following an investigation, and many of these children also are exposed to domestic violence. A comparison of the NSCAW I (1999–2000) and NSCAW II (2008–2009) cohorts showed a decrease in the number of mothers whose children remained at home following a maltreatment report and who also experienced physical domestic violence in the past year (28.9 percent in NSCAW I, versus 24.7 percent in NSCAW II). However, despite the decrease in reports of domestic violence, there was no change in the number of mothers receiving services—only 15 percent of mothers in both cohorts received domestic violence services.

Mothers of Children Reported for Maltreatment Show Small Decline in Domestic Violence, but No Improvement in Service Access is available here:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/domestic_violence_10_update_for_posting_needs_report_number_2.pdf (216 KB)

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In its February 2013 issue, Children's Bureau Express featured another, related Spotlight from OPRE, Caregivers of Children Who Remain In-Home After a Maltreatment Investigation Need Services:


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