“Addressing partner violence crucial for children”

university-of-auckland-logo-4According to a news update recently released from the University of Auckland:

“research shows that children can recover from the adverse effects of exposure to intimate partner violence and can thrive and create safe, stable, abuse-free lives, but are less likely to recover if we don’t actively work to address the effects of violence.  More active, interlinked efforts to address these problems are required, ” says Dr Fanslow.

“Specialist services need to be available for children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence,” she says. “Supporting children’s relationships with the non-abusive parent can also transform practice, and help create better outcomes for children.”

“We need adequately resourced services to support children, adult victim/survivors and perpetrators. These services need to work in co-ordinated and collaborative ways, as part of multi-agency response systems, and work from a sophisticated understanding of intimate partner violence,” says Dr Fanslow.

Parenting programmes for fathers who have used violence needed to emphasise the need to end violence against their children’s mothers, she says.

To read more, see The University of Auckland website.

Article citation: Murphy, C., Paton, N., Gulliver, P., & Fanslow, J. (2013). Understanding connections and relationships: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting Auckland, New Zealand: New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, The University of Auckland.

To access the article, go here.