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Domestic Violence and Children

Domestic violence is prevalent in Connecticut, with more than one in four women experiencing it during her lifetime, and one in four teens experiencing dating abuse. In households with domestic violence, the rate of physical, sexual, or emotional maltreatment of children co-occurring is 30 to 60%. Both witnessing and experiencing domestic violence can hinder normal development and have negative emotional, behavioral, social, and physical consequences for children. Using brief screening tools, pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) can identify families exposed to domestic violence and connect them to helpful resources. This can greatly improve not only the lives of the victims, but also those of the children exposed.

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This training provides information on domestic violence, prevalence of domestic violence in households with children, other maltreatment that may be occurring in addition to domestic violence, and the short and long-term effects it has on children. The training provides options for screening mothers and children for domestic violence, as well as how to report suspected cases, and the services available for victims.

This module is offered through the Educating Practices In the Community (EPIC) program, in partnership with the Connecticut Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. A professional trainer will visit your practice at a time that is convenient for you and provide a brief presentation to you and your entire staff on domestic violence, including screening and referrals.

Presentation objectives

  • Define and describe the epidemiology of domestic violence
  • Describe the short and long term health consequences of domestic violence exposure to children
  • Describe how to implement domestic violence screening in clinical practice
  • Identify local, statewide and national resources for victims of domestic violence and their families

EPIC provides:

  • Provider resource materials
  • CME credit
  • Lunch or snack

Learn more about EPIC or contact Maggy Morales to schedule a training session.

Maggy Morales - EPIC Coordinator