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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(9), 1955;

Mothers and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of Treatment Interventions

Psychotraumacentrum Zuid Nederland, Reinier van Arkel Groep, 5211 LJ ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
Department for Medical Psychology & Medical Sociology, University of Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University, 6500 HE Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Received: 4 June 2018 / Revised: 24 August 2018 / Accepted: 5 September 2018 / Published: 7 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Family Violence)
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Although a growing field, much is still unknown about how different clinical and social care services might improve outcomes for female victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) and their children who are indirectly exposed to it. This review sought to characterize the structure of programs that have been tested and documented in existing literature, and the mechanisms by which change, if any, may occur. Seventeen individual interventions and two follow-ups (n = 19) were included in the review. Findings suggest that a multileveled program of mothers and children working both separately and jointly together across sessions might generate the most successful psychosocial recovery for mothers and children who have experienced violence in the home. The mechanism by which this happens is likely a collaborative one, focused on enhancing the dyadic interaction. This article adds to the growing evidence base on IPV and confirms the positive impact on well-being that programs for IPV victims can have. The evidence-base overall could benefit from testing and replicating a combination of the results found in this review. View Full-Text
Keywords: mother-child; intimate partner violence; family violence; parenting; treatment; intervention mother-child; intimate partner violence; family violence; parenting; treatment; intervention

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Anderson, K.; van Ee, E. Mothers and Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of Treatment Interventions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1955.

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