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Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence

A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators


by Linda Baker, P.G. Jaffe & Kathy Moore (2001)
An 18-page handbook for Early Childhood Education students. In one user-friendly source, ECE students learn to identify and assist children 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. This project was made possible by the support of the Ontario Women's Directorate.

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

Table of Contents

  • Understanding Domestic Violence

    • What is it?

    • Power and Control Wheel

    • The Impact

    • Increased Risk for Problems

    • Traumatic Stress Reactions

    • Potential Impacts at Different Ages

    • Interventrions for Children

  • Results of the 1999 General Social Survey

  • Implications for the Childcare Setting

    • Responding to Disclosures

    • Ways to Support Children When they Disclose

    • Safety Planning

    • Strategies for Handling Behaviours that may be Associated with Exposure

    • When you Need to report

  • Community Support

  • Organizations that Help in Ontario

  • References


Trainer's Manual

A 110-page Train-the-Trainer's Manual is also available:

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

Ordering Information

The Handbook can be ordered from the Centre for $10.00 plus postage and handling. See our Publication Order Form for more information.

En français

Comprendre les Effets de la Violence en Milieu Familial: Un guide destiné aux éducateurs et éducatrices de la petite enfance


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Children and Domestic Violence Resource Page

In one place, you can find all the Centre's resources on children exposed to family violence, most of which are available for download at no cost. For example, see the resources generated from our "Best Evidence to Inform Better Practice" Project including a bibliography of the almost 400 sources used in that review and a list of available program manuals. We also list all our training resources and research reports. Check back periodically for updates.


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