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 Authors Year Type of Publication
Research Brief: Resilience, Mental Health and Family Violence

MacMillan, Harriet L.
Wathen, C. Nadine

2014 Report
Research Brief: Identifying and Responding to Intimate Partner Violence Against Women

MacMillan, Harriet L.
Wathen, C. Nadine

2014 Report
Dating violence among child welfare involved youth: Results from the Maltreatment and Adolescent Pathway (MAP) longitudinal study

Tanaka, Masako
Wekerle, Christine

2014 Journal article
Responding to intimate partner violence: Child welfare policies and practices

Nikolova, Kristina
Fallon, Barbara
Black, Tara
Allan, Kate

2014 Journal article
Intimate partner abuse before and during pregnancy as risk factors for postpartum mental health problems

Desmarais, Sarah L.
Pritchard, Ashley
Lowder, Evan M.
Janssen, Patricia A.

2014 Journal article
Subtypes of exposure to intimate partner violence within a Canadian child welfare sample: Associated risks and child maladjustment

Gonzalez, Andrea
MacMillan, Harriet
Tanaka, Masako
Jack, Susan M.
Tonmyr, Lil

2014 Journal article
Doing the right thing? (Re) Considering risk assessment and safety planning in child protection work with domestic violence cases

Jenney, Angelique
Mishna, Faye
Alaggia, Ramona
Scott, Katreena

2014 Journal article
La violence familiale dans la vie des enfants du Québec, 2012

Gouvernement du Québec, Institut de la statistique du Québec

2013 Report
A profile of exposure to intimate partner violence investigations in the Canadian child welfare system: An examination using the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008)

Lefebvre, Rachael
Van Wert, Melissa 
Black, Tara
Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico 

2013 Journal article
Making complex decisions: Child protection workers' practices and interventions with families experiencing intimate partner violence

Hughes, Judy
Chau, Shirley

2013 Journal article