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
Collaborate with caution: protecting children, helping mothers

Davies, Linda
Krane, Julia

2006 Journal article
Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence in Canada

Black, Tara
Trocmé, Nico
Fallon, Barbara
MacLaurin, Bruce
Roy, Catherine
Lajoie, Jules

2005 Information sheet
Making Appropriate Parenting Arrangements in Family Violence Cases: Applying the Literature to Identify Promising Practices

Jaffe, Peter G.
Crooks, Claire V.
Bala, Nicholas

2005 Report
Family Violence Research: Lessons Learned and Where From Here?

MacMillan, Harriet
Wathen, C. Nadine

2005 Journal article
The Effects of Children's Exposure to Domestic Violence: A Meta-Analysis and Critique

Wolfe, David
Crooks, Claire
Lee, Vivien
McIntyre-Smith, Alexandra
Jaffe, Peter

2004 Journal article
Domestic violence: Protecting children by involving fathers and helping mothers

Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise
Baraldi, Rosanna

2003 Information sheet
Psychological abuse: Children's invisible suffering

Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise
Lavergne, Chantal
Baraldi, Rosanna

2003 Information sheet
In the Best Interests of Children and Mothers: A Proposed Child Welfare Response to Violence Against Women

Morrow, Eileen

2003 Report
Legal and Policy Responses to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: The Need to Evaluate Intended and Unintended Consequences

Jaffe, Peter
Crooks, Claire
Wolfe, David

2003 Journal article
Violence conjugale et mauvais traitements envers les enfants : étude des cas signalés à la Direction de la protection de la jeunesse au Québec

Lavergne, Chantal
Chamberland, Claire
Laporte, Lise

2001 Presentation