The Perceived Impact of a Child Maltreatment Report From the Perspective of the Domestic Violence Shelter Worker
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Interpers. Violence
abuse reporting; child maltreatment; child protective services; domestic; violence; ABUSE; PROTECTION; PROFESSIONALS; EXPERIENCES; Criminology & Penology; Family Studies; Psychology, Applied
The purpose of this study is to examine domestic violence shelter workers' perceptions of child maltreatment reporting. A sample of 82 professionals from domestic violence shelters across the United States participated in a survey focusing on a variety of different types of reports and the frequency of both positive and negative outcomes arising from these reports. Possible outcomes included in the study are damage to the relationship between the worker and the battered woman, disempowerment of the battered woman, discouragement from seeking further help, protection of the child, further traumatization of the child, further disruption to the family, and damage to the woman's likelihood of maintaining custody. Significant differences in perceived impact are found based on identity of abuser (spousal batterer vs. battered woman) and nature of report (child as witness to domestic violence vs. child as victim of abuse). These results point to the complexity of perceptions regarding the impact of reporting.
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
"The Perceived Impact of a Child Maltreatment Report From the Perspective of the Domestic Violence Shelter Worker" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 2179.