Exposure to Domestic Violence

Each province and territory has unique legislation defining and describing responses to domestic violence. Some provinces and territories include exposure to domestic violence under the category of emotional maltreatment; while others specify that a child must witness domestic violence. A child who has been exposed to domestic violence may have witnessed violence between parents or caregivers, or been indirectly exposed by hearing the violence or seeing the after-effects such as bruising or other physical injuries.

Title Authorssort icon Year Type of Publication
The lie is that it’s not going to get better”: Narratives of resilience from childhood exposure to Intimate Partner Violence
Jenney, Angelique
Alaggia, Ramona
Niepage, Mark
2016 Journal article
An Epidemiological Study of Children Exposure to Violence in the Fragile Families Study
McLanahan, Sarah
Bryant-Davis, Thema 
Holcombe, Caroline 
James, Sarah 
Adams, Tyonna 
Gray, Anthea 
2014 Report
Advanced Family Violence Training for Child Intervention Staff: A Review of the Literature

Snyder, Lynda
Babins-Wagner, Robbie

2012 Report
Family Violence Risk Assessment and Safety Planning by Child Intervention Staff: An Environmental Scan

Snyder, Lynda
Babins-Wagner, Robbie

2012 Report
Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Families who have Experienced Family Violence: A Practice Guide for Child Welfare Professionals

Steering Committe
Native Child & Family Services: Charlene Avalos
Chiefs of Ontario: Lillian Baibomcowai-Dell
Ottawa Inuit Children Centre: Karen Baker Anderson
Native Women’s Centre of Hamilton: Linda Ense
Métis Nation of Ontario: Shelley Gonneville
Ontario Native Women’s Association: Betty Kennedy
Weechi-it-te-win Family Services: Leona McGinnis
Tikinagan Child & Family Services: Thelma Morris
Ontario Native Women’s Association: Kathy Sky
Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres: Terry Swan

Catalyst Research and Communications: Joan Riggs

The Police Reporting Behavior of Intimate Partner Violence Victims

Akers, Caroline
Kaukinen, Catherine

2009 Journal article
Does differential response make a difference: Examining domestic violence cases in child protection services

Alaggia, Ramona
Gadalla, Tahany M.
Shlonsky, Aron
Jenney, Angelique
Daciuk, Joanne

2015 Journal article
In Whose Best Interest? A Canadian Case Study of the Impact of Child Welfare Policies in Cases of Domestic Violence

Alaggia, Ramona
Jenney, Angelique
Mazzuca, Josephine
Redmond, Melissa

2007 Journal article
Risky business: An ecological analysis of intimate partner violence disclosure

Alaggia, Ramona
Regehr, Cheryl
Jenney, Angelique

2012 Journal article
Intimate partner violence and immigration laws in Canada: How far have we come?

Alaggia, Ramona
Regehr, Cheryl
Rishchynsk, Giselle

2009 Journal article