By Dana Fleitman, JWI Program Coordinator
Yesterday, professionals in the field of domestic violence tuned in for our National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse’s November webinar, “Domestic Violence and the Parent-Child Relationship.” Three experts – Elena Cohen (Safe Start Center), Edwina Reyes (National Child Traumatic Stress Network) and Marylouise Kelley (Family and Youth Services Bureau) – discussed the effects of violence on children, how violence affects both the survivor and the perpetrator’s abilities to parent and how a trauma-informed care framework can benefit parents and children.
Violence impacts each individual member of a family as well as their relationships with each other. The presenters encourage all domestic violence professionals to learn more about how trauma affects families by visiting the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Safe Start Center for free resources.
For more on children exposed to violence, see:
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Special Collection on Services for Children & Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence
- NCJFCJ Resource Center on Domestic Violence Child Protection & Custody
- Silent Realities: Supporting Young Children and their Families who Experience Violence
- Child Exposure to Domestic Violence Library and Scale from Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
- Child Witness to Violence Project
- Age Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event from Child Traumatic Stress Network
- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH)
For more on parenting and family violence, see:
- Parenting in a Challenging World from National Traumatic Child Stress Network
- Understanding Women’s Experiences Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence from Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse
- DV and Parenting from Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics by Lundy Bancroft and Jay Silverman
For more on trauma-informed care, see:
- Asking: “What’s Happened to You?” A Focus on Trauma-informed Care from the Family & Youth Services Bureau
Thank you to those who joined us. If you are interested in joining the National Alliance for access to this and other webinars, please visit www.jwi.org/na.