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

The Ordinary Magic of Resilience

In April the Children’s Center on Family Violence sponsored a training on “Embracing and Asset-Based Approach to Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence.” This training was attended by domestic violence advocates, child welfare workers, and others who respond to children exposed to family violence. There were excellent presentations by Casey Keene, an adult survivor of … Continued

OVW Meeting Touches on Culturally-specific Approaches to Surviving IPV

In March 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women hosted a convening of state domestic and sexual violence coalitions leadership and state administrators to talk through improved responses to the STOP Formula Grant Program. These bi-annual meetings are hugely important as they provide the opportunity for domestic and sexual violence coalitions … Continued

Cross-systems Collaborations for Supporting Children and the Non-abusive Parent Involved with the Child Welfare System

Intimate partner violence is a serious and preventable public health problem that impacts millions of women, men and children every year. Families who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) often come to the attention of the child welfare system. Despite involvement with many of the same clients, child welfare and intimate partner violence advocacy agencies often … Continued

Engaging Boys and Young Men in Promoting Healthy Relationships and Non-Violence

While most men do not condone violence, most violence, against women or men, is committed by men. Although targeting boys and men for preventive intervention would seem to provide the greatest return for our investment, most interventions have historically been victim-centered. Fortunately, a paradigmatic shift in our public health approach to violence prevention now calls … Continued

The Impact of Housing Instability on Children Who Experience Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and children. In Connecticut, 1,207 adults and 972 children were sheltered in FY 2017 with domestic violence shelters operating at 122% capacity throughout the year. Additionally, during that same time period, a total of 101 women and children were living in domestic violence transitional housing … Continued

Providing Primary Healthcare to Children in Shelter

Every year, close to 1,000 children reside in Connecticut’s domestic violence shelters, with many more coming into contact with community domestic violence organizations. Most children residing in domestic violence shelters have experienced significant trauma through exposure to violence and many have suffered other forms of maltreatment prior to entry to shelter. They are at higher … Continued