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Assessing Risk to Children From Contact With Batterers  

Author:  Lundy Bancroft.

Source: Volume 02, Number 01, Summer 2009 , pp.5-16(12)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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As domestic-violence advocates know well, the most dangerous time for women in violent relationships is when they leave their abusive partners. Not only are they in danger, but there are often unacknowledged risks for their children. The children are at increased risk of witnessing violent episodes between their mothers and their former partners. They are at risk for both abduction and abuse. And as members of an abusive family, they need healing and recovery as well. In this article, the author describes the numerous ways that children are still vulnerable to abuse after their mothers leave their abusive partners, and the actions care providers need to take to aide in their recovery.


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