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Children and Teenagers Testifying in Domestic Violence Cases

Children and Teenagers Testifying in Domestic Violence Cases
by Alison Cunningham & Pamela Hurley

This is one handbook in a series of seven called "A Full and Candid Account" about child witnesses. The focus here is on children who are potential witnesses in domestic violence cases. Their names may be on a witness list because they gave a police statement during the investigation. We also discuss teenaged complainants in intimate violence cases, who are another type of "child witness." For the children and teenagers, these cases present both the typical challenges for court witnesses as well as pressures unique to offences occurring within the family context. You will find here information on how domestic violence is understood by children, an overview of the concept of domestic violence court, FAQs, questions children may ask, and suggestions on how to support complainant parents. 2007, 24 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($20.00 per set of seven); en français (Les enfants et les ados qui témoignent dans des cas de violence conjugale)

How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow

Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow

by Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker

A resource developed with funding from the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence in Ottawa, a division of the Public Health Agency of Canada. It is an update and expansion of our Learning to Listen, Learning to Help: Understanding Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children from 2005. We combined the most important information from our most popular resources, included some new material, and added reference to the newest sources of information and updated the statistics. 2007, 42 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($30.00); en français (voyez « Petits yeux, petites oreilles »).

Woman Abuse Affects our Children: An Educator's Guide

Woman Abuse Affects our Children: An Educator's Guide

by Linda Baker & Peter Jaffe

This Educator's Guide and its companion Facilitator's Manual were developed by an Expert Panel formed as part of the Ontario government's Domestic Violence Action Plan. The English-language Expert Panel developed these training materials to better support women and their children, and reduce abuse. The Panel included representatives from provincial elementary teacher organizations, principal councils, school and Native guidance associations, Ontario faculties of education, community groups supporting immigrant and refugee women, and organizations from the violence prevention field. 2007, 52 p.

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Available for download as PDF. Hard copies may be ordered through the Government of Ontario.

Understanding Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children

Learning to Listen, Learning to Help: Understanding Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

A concise introduction to this important topic. Find information on the dynamics of woman abuse, the concept of power and control, facts and figures, how to support women and help them find appropriate resources, how children are affected by violence at home, how children cope, how to respond to child disclosure, standards of professional conduct, taking stock of your own attitudes, and suggestions for how you can make a difference to end violence. In one place, find relevant and up-to-date information with directions to easily accessible resources for further study. 2005, 34 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($20.00); en français (Apprendre à écouter)

Professor's Resource Guide to Teaching About Woman
Abuse and its Effects on Children

Professor's Resource Guide to Teaching About Woman Abuse and its Effects on Children

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

A teaching aid for the post-secondary educator planning a lecture or workshop on how woman abuse affects infants, children or teenagers. Background resource material covers important points to emphasize; teaching tips; preparation for questions you may hear from students; suggestions for further reading and topics of discussion; and suggestions for student handouts. Also covered are sources of official statistics, a quick overview of research, and a summary of how a child may think and feel about violence in his or her home. 2005. 34 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($20.00); en français (Guide de ressources du professeur)

Seeing Woman Abuse in the Life of a Young Child

Through a New Lens: Seeing Woman Abuse in the Life of a Young Child -- A Learning Module for Early Childhood Education Programs

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

The ECE professor gets all the material needed to plan a two-hour lecture -- or a full-day workshop. We outline learning objectives, recommended learning resources (all available on-line), suggested videos/DVDs, supplementary learning activities for students, case studies for discussion, a list of optional class handouts, some background statistics and research. Professors can explain why students need to learn about woman abuse, how children might be affected, and what signs of distress might be seen in the child care setting. They will be able to suggest strategies for the child care setting to support child adjustment and to respond to challenging behaviours. Special contingencies when families are in shelters are addressed. This document is available on our web site or on the New Lens CD. In the CD version, a test bank of multiple choice and short answer questions is included. 2005, 21 p.

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Available for download as PDF; en français (Nouvelle Perspective)

A Resource Package for Teachers of Early Childhood Education

Through a New Lens / Seeing Woman Abuse in the Life of a Young Child: A Resource Package for Teachers of Early Childhood Education

by Linda Baker and Alison Cunningham

A bilingual CD with everything you need, as a professor of early childhood education, to prepare and deliver a lecture or lectures about woman abuse and its effects on infants and children, including PowerPoint slides and a test bank of multiple choice and short-answer questions. Also included on the CD are a learning module, a resource document with background material, and our Learning to Listen resource for students. 2005.

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Bilingual CD ($15.00); en français (voyez Nouvelle Perspective)

Maltreatment and the Developing Brain

Maltreatment and the Developing Brain: How Early Childhood Experience Shapes Child and Culture

by Bruce Perry, M.D.

An illustrated summary of the inaugural lecture in the Margaret Norrie McCain Lecture Series. Dr. Perry describes how traumatic features of a violent world -- noise, chaos, fear, isolation, deprivation, neglect – could alter the developing brain of fetuses, babies, and toddlers. Their brains adapt appropriately to toxic environments, but these adaptations are at odds with requirements for school and healthy social relationships. Children would be primed to survive their worlds, leaving them ill-prepared to achieve their full potentials in our world. 2005, 6 p.

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PDF; HTML

A Handbook for Police Responding to Domestic Violence

A Handbook for Police Responding to Domestic Violence: Promoting Safer Communities by Integrating Research & Practice

This is a Canadian revision of our popular trainer’s manual for the U.S. Issues discussed from the police perspective include features of domestic violence crimes, understanding the impact on children and adolescents, promising practices, distinguishing features of domestic violence crimes, recognizing the presence of children at the scene, and issues related to dual arrest. 2004, 32 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($20.00); en français (Guide à l'intention des policiers)

Information for mothers who have left abusive relationships

Helping Children Thrive: information for mothers who have left abusive relationships

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

Ten tips for parenting children exposed to domestic violence are presented along with a list of ways an abusive man can affect a woman as a mother. This pamphlet is available in English, French, Portuguese and Jpanses. 2004. 2 p. [pamphlet]

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($1.00); en français (Pour aider les enfants)

Helping Children Thrive, Supporting Woman Abuse
Survivors as Mothers

Helping Children Thrive / Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers: A Resource to Support Parenting

by Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham

This resource is written for service providers assisting women who have survived woman abuse. Material addresses the needs of abused women as mothers, how abusive men parent, how abusive men affect family dynamics, effects of power and control tactics on mothers, the potential impact of woman abuse on children of different ages, and strategies used by young people to cope with violence in their homes. Guidance on parenting children who have lived with violence is also offered. Any of the 27 handouts can be distributed as an adjunct to individual or group interventions on woman abuse or on parenting. 2004, 76 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($30.00); en français (Pour aider les enfants à mieux réussir)

Protecting Children from Domestic Violence

Protecting Children from Domestic Violence: Strategies for Community Intervention

edited by Peter Jaffe, Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham The 14 chapters in this book introduce the problem and address individual and group-level responses as well as system-level responses. Published by Guilford Press of New York City. 2004, 238 p.

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Book ($65.00)

Seeking to Understand the Child's View of Violence in the Family

What About ME! Seeking to Understand the Child's View of Violence in the Family

by Alison Cunningham & Linda Baker

This study involved an exhaustive review of the literature on child exposure to domestic violence (almost 400 sources) integrated with extensive clinical experience to create a revolutionary new framework for understanding, studying and intervening with children who have lived with woman abuse. Case studies illustrate key points and child drawings bring to life the experience of violence through young eyes. 2004, 138 p.

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Available for download as PDF

Child Custody and Domestic Violence

Child Custody and Domestic Violence: A Call for Safety and Accountability

by Peter Jaffe, Nancy Lemon & Samantha Poisson

This book from Sage Publications brings together clinical and legal issues in the field to consider the prevalence of divorce and domestic violence as well as the relevance of domestic violence in custody disputes. Topics addressed include why domestic violence is relevant in child custody disputes, assessing safety and responsibility, changing legislation and legal practice, responses of the court system, and a framework for action by courts and communities. 2003, 194 p.

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Book available for purchase($60.00)

Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Handbook for
the Juvenile Justice System

Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Handbook for the Juvenile Justice System to Enhance Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Youth from Violent Homes

by Linda Baker & Peter Jaffe

The fourth in a series of handbooks designed with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Youth in the juvenile justice system may be victims of violence, witnesses to violence, perpetrators of violence in the home, or involved in abusive relationships. A youth can be all four. Topics include signs a youth is having difficulty, responding to disclosures, abuse perpetrated by adolescents, guidelines for assessing risk and safety planning, promising practices, and a model group intervention. Developed in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Topics include signs a youth is having difficulty, responding to disclosures, abuse perpetrated by adolescents, guidelines for assessing risk and safety planning, promising practices, and a model group intervention. 2003, 30 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($25.00)

The Barriers of Violence and Poverty for
Abused Women and Their Children

Access Denied: The Barriers of Violence and Poverty for Abused Women and Their Children After Separation (Summary)

by Peter Jaffe, Michelle Zerwer & Samantha Poisson

A summary of the full study report. To provide a broader context, study findings and recommendations are juxtaposed with myths and facts. 2002, 16 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($15.00)

The Barriers of Violence and Poverty for
Abused Women and Their Children

Access Denied: The Barriers of Violence and Poverty for Abused Women and Their Children After Separation (Full Report)

by Peter Jaffe, Michelle Zerwer & Samantha Poisson

In this two-year study, 62 women related their experiences in the legal system and their efforts to find legal services and counselling after separation from an abusive partner. Ninety-five children were interviewed as well. Focus groups with women revealed that some found assistance, while others described a sense of re-victmization by legal, social service and mental health professionals who lacked an understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence. 2002, 59 p.

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Available for download as PDF

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: An Early Childhood Educator's Handbook to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe, Lynda Ashbourne & Janet Carter

This resource helps early childhood educators learn about the impact of domestic violence on young children, recognize signs of difficulty in children, and learn ways to offer support and information to parents. This resource was funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and developed in collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund. 2002, 31 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($25.00)

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Children Exposed to Violence: A Handbook for Police Trainers to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe, Steven Berkowitz & Miriam Berkman

A training manual to assist police officers in the U.S. to understand and effectively respond to children and adolescents exposed to domestic violence at home. Frontline professionals aided the development of this resource which provides useful information on domestic violence, its impact on children at different developmental stages, and guidelines to assist police officers in responding to children where domestic violence is suspected or known. Features include case examples, "at-a-glance" information, community resources, answers to frequently asked questions and references. This resource was funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and developed in collaboration with the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at Yale University School of Medicine. 2002, 95 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($25.00); CD-ROM ($10.00)

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Teacher's Handbook to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe, Lynda Ashbourne & Janet Carter

Helps educators understand what might be seen in the classroom, teaching strategies, handling parent-attended events, and supporting students who disclose. An interactive CD-ROM is available for individual study, classroom use, or training workshops. A partnership with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the National Education Association, funded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. 2002, 27 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($25.00); CD-ROM ($10.00)

Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence

Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Trainer's Manual for Early Childhood Educators

by Linda Baker, Peter Jaffe & Kathy Moore

A comprehensive train-the-trainer package, including background explanatory material, warm-up exercises, overhead masters, suggested activities, answers to FAQs, and case studies for discussion. A companion handbook of 18 pages is also available for distribution to training participants. 2001, 110 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($25.00); en français (Comprendre les effets)

Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence

Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators

by Linda Baker, P.G. Jaffe & Kathy Moore

An short handbook for Early Childhood Education students. In one user-friendly source, ECE students learn the relevant information required to identify and assist children who have been exposed to adult domestic violence. Topics addressed include implications for the childcare setting, safety planning, reporting to the Children's Aid Society, and accessing community support. 2001, 18 p.

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Available for download as PDF; hard copies available for purchase ($10.00); en français (Comprendre les effets)

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Current Issues in Research, Intervention, Prevention, and Policy Development

edited by Robert Geffner, Peter Jaffe & Marlies Sudermann

This book with 20 chapters is a compilation of proceedings from the 2nd International Conference on Children Exposed to Family Violence held in 1997. It is published by the Haworth Press and also appeared as vol. 3, no. 1 of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. 2000, 373 p.

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Book available for purchase($50.00)

Creating a Legacy of Hope

Creating a Legacy of Hope: Proceedings of the International Conference on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, October 1999

edited by Peter Jaffe, Mary Russell & Greta Smith

Produced by the B.C./Yukon Society of Transition Houses, the 23 chapters in this book cover a variety of topics presented at this Vancouver conference. 2000, 135 p.

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Available as hard copy only ($25.00)

Ending the Cycle of Violence

Ending the Cycle of Violence: Community Responses to Children of Battered Women

edited by Einat Peled, Peter Jaffe, and Jeffrey Edleson

In this book from Sage Publications, the focus is on community responses to children who have been exposed to wife assault in their homes, including assessment and treatment, criminal justice interventions, the role of child protection agencies, and school programs. 1995, 306 p.

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Book available for purchase ($50.00)

Children of Battered Women

Children of Battered Women

by Peter Jaffe, David Wolfe & Susan Wilson

This book from Sage Publications reviews the literature on the definition and scope of the problem, family violence and children’s development, understanding the impact of traumatic events in the lives of children, issues in assessment and intervention, and implications for related children’s services. 1990, 132 p.

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Book available for purchase ($35.00)


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