Education is the Best Medicine

Intimate partner violence (IPV) within the home creates negative health consequences for the entire family.  It is well documented that children and families who are experiencing, or have experienced IPV, utilize the health care system at a much higher rate than the general population. Many times these are not visits for obvious signs of abuse, … Continued

Reauthorizing VAWA Will Support Children Exposed to Family Violence

The federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is at the core of an effective, coordinated community response to domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking. Since its inception 25 years ago, it has provided a streamlined process for meeting the complex needs of survivors in a meaningful, trauma-informed manner. Reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and … Continued

Promoting Resilience in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

More than 15 million children annually witness domestic violence. Children can be exposed to family violence in different ways and to varied degrees. Even if children do not directly witness the violence, they can be indirectly impacted. Exposure to intimate partner violence can have lasting effects on children and youth. Children exposed to family violence … Continued

Tips for Teachers: Warning Signs of Children Who Witness Family Violence

Children who witness intimate partner violence can sometimes feel like they have nowhere to turn. They may be silenced by fear, unable to handle or comprehend the complex cycle of violence that they witness on a daily basis. Teachers, the people that school-age children see almost every day, are one line of defense to notice … Continued

Parenting Through Domestic Violence: Building Resiliency

Domestic violence affects an entire family, not just the direct victim.  Children can feel, see, and hear the violence, which is known to leave lifelong effects on children.  Many studies have shown that children who live in homes where their parent is being harmed are more likely to experience learning disabilities, behavioral concerns, substance abuse … Continued

CCFV to Launch Intensified Domestic Violence Education & Screening Efforts at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Universal, trauma-informed education represents a major shift from traditional public health models of screening for domestic violence. Compared with direct disclosure based screening, patients and health care providers respond favorably to a universal education approach.  As a physician assistant working in our busy pediatric emergency department at Connecticut Children’s, and one who has experience using … Continued

Pediatricians & Adolescent Patients Experiencing Relationship Abuse

Pediatricians play an important role in the lives of their patients. They inform children of their height, teach them about healthy eating, make sure they’re ready to compete in athletics or attend school, and in some instances are the first adult to speak with them about a romantic relationship. Nationwide, 1 in 3 teens reports … Continued

New Law Assists Homeless Children with Childcare Enrollment

A new law in Connecticut seeks to assist homeless children with immediate enrollment in childcare. Public Act 18-172, which was signed into law by the Governor in June, creates a 90-day grace period for caregivers to submit certain health documentation, including immunizations and physical examinations, for homeless children entering certain child care settings. Each year … Continued

Teens & Dating Abuse

As preventionists, we work to promote changing social norms as well as increasing bystander interventions and individual skills for healthy relationships. This includes teens as well as adults.  Healthy relationships, whether with family, friends, or a dating partner are so important to our everyday lives because they create a sense of belonging.   Unfortunately with teens, … Continued

Q&A: A Clinical Social Worker in the Emergency Department Reflects on Her Experiences with Patient Victims of Domestic Violence and their Children

Clinical social workers in healthcare settings are critical in providing a key point of entry to safety and services for victims of domestic violence (DV). Rates of DV among patients in healthcare settings are high, especially in the emergency department (Campbell, 2002). When asked, DV-exposed patients often consider healthcare professionals those they can most trust … Continued