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Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Sexual Assault  

Author:  Kathryn Ford, L.M.S.W..

Source: Volume 01, Number 02, Fall 2008 , pp.141-149(9)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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For more than a decade, professionals within the family violence field have documented that when children witness adult partner violence, they have sequelae that are equivalent to children who have been directly abused. Unfortunately, that is not the whole story. Professionals often fail to screen for children’s exposure to parental intimate partner sexual assault, and these effects can also be quite harmful to children. Using compelling case examples, this article describes how professionals should screen for intimate partner sexual assault, how to handle children who have witnessed it, and what researchers need to do to further our knowledge on this topic.


Affiliations:  1: Center for Court Innovation.

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