Safe Start Center Series on Children Exposed to Violence
15.5 million children in the U.S. live in families where violence between partners occurred at least once in the last year. Exposure to violence at a young age leaves children and families vulnerable, and can have serious primary and long lasting health effects on children. The Safe Start Center recently released a fifth issue brief in its series on children exposed to violence, highlighting domestic violence agencies and shelters.
In the last 20 years there has been increasing research and awareness on the issue of children's exposure to home and community violence. Understanding the prevalence and impact has led to emerging techniques in working with children.
The Safe Start Center offers an online toolkit for those working to reduce the negative impacts on families exposed to domestic violence. The toolkit offers evidence-based intervention techniques to equip parents and other caregivers, as well as support tips for domestic violence agencies.