Children living with domestic violence
Towards a framework for assessment and intervention
By Martin C. Calder

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Domestic violence is a criminal problem, a social problem as well as a public health issue. It also represents a violation of human rights and causes far reaching damage to children's lives and development. This accessible book attempts to guide professionals on how to draw on the best of theory, research and practice wisdom and apply it in a coherent way. It includes practice guidance within a procedural framework, questions to ask, information, checklists, and some pointers to other texts which contain greater detail in certain areas of the process.

The principal focus of the book and its assessment framework is on the children of female survivors of male domestic violence. There is some attention to causal differences and assessment implications for violence between same sex couples. Despite this focus, this book should have broad appeal - both in geographical terms, serving as a useful resource regardless of statute and procedural differences across countries; and across disciplines. It reflects the author's view that all assessments need to be multi-disciplinary in nature to stand any realistic chance of being informed and resourced, and that they also need to be evidence-based, requiring an integration of causal theories and professional skills. It establishes that we must:
  • Challenge myths surrounding domestic violence
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the impact on the adult and child survivors of domestic violence
  • Unite to produce a system of response that does not replicate their experiences and in fact facilitates their recovery from any trauma
  • Produce local procedures, practice guidance and principles of good practice to guide consistent, effective interventions, enabling survivors to make their own life choices and be free from violence
  • Empower the adult survivor, protect the children and challenge the perpetrator
  • Import good practice from associated fields.

  • Large format paperback. 208 pages. Published 2004. 978-1-903855-45-4. ∧21.95


    Contextualizing domestic violence
    How marital conflict and violence affects children: theory, research and future directions Dr Gordon T Harold and Emma L Howarth
    Parenting and domestic violence.
    Towards a framework for assessment and intervention.
    Contact in domestic violence cases.
    Outcome measurements
    Where next?
    References and resources


    Martin C. Calder is Team Manager of the Child Protection Unit for City of Salford Community and Social Services Directorate. He is co-author of Assessment in childcare (RHP, 2003) and editor of Child sexual abuse and the Internet (RHP, 2004).

    Dr Gordon T. Harold
    is a Senior Lecturer and Emma L. Howarth is a doctoral student, both in the School of Psychology at the University of Cardiff.


    "Packed with information for all professionals who work with people in potentially violent relationships… successfully integrates theories on possible causes of domestic violence, research findings and the legal, ethical and procedural frameworks with detailed practice guidance. Busy practitioners will welcome the practical assessment checklist and bullet point practice guidance." Community Care.

    "A mass of research findings along with indicators of domestic violence, a screening assessment and principles and engagement issues for working separately with perpetrators, mothers and children. There are questions and indicators for establishing the level of risk or lethality, differential approaches for dealing with contact disputes that do or do not involve allegations of abuse, plus a schedule for ongoing work with the child or young person and methods for assessing the process of change.. essential information that hopefully will be well used." Young People Now.

    "An essential resource for professionals from a range of disciplines who consider that a multi-disciplinary approach is needed to tackle domestic violence." ChildRIGHT.

    "Provides an extensive collection of information that will be useful to anyone, however experienced, who wants to understand more deeply the impact of domestic abuse on children, and on survivors and abusers." CAFCASS Practice and Research Digest.