How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow

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By Alison Cunningham and Linda Baker

Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, 2007

This resource draws together, in one place, information from the best and latest research for professionals and volunteers who help women and children. Topics addressed include what children might feel, think and do during violent incidents against their mothers, roles they might adopt before, during or after incidents, strategies of coping and survival, and how violence may be experienced by children of different ages, from infancy to adolescence. The purpose is to examine how violence against a mother can shape a child. By learning how each child as an individual was shaped by experiences in his or her home - and considering important contextual features of family life - we can devise ways to help.

Read the full report: Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as they Grow (PDF 390KB/44p.)