Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 17–29

Intimate Partner Violence and Risk for Child Neglect during Early Childhood in a Community Sample of Fragile Families


DOI: 10.1007/s10896-012-9491-8

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Nicklas, E. & Mackenzie, M.J. J Fam Viol (2013) 28: 17. doi:10.1007/s10896-012-9491-8


The current study explores the relationship between child neglect and intimate partner violence (IPV) in a longitudinal community sample of 1,740 families with young children, with a special focus on the association between specific typologies of both neglect behaviors and IPV. We focused on families followed across early childhood, because infants and toddlers are at the greatest risk of exposure to neglect (the most prevalent type of child maltreatment), and this period spanning the transition to parenthood presents heightened risk for IPV. We found evidence that coercive IPV is an important driver of the connections between IPV and subsequent neglect through affecting the mother’s well-being and ability to provide basic care and nurturance. Implications for intervention and future work addressing definitions and pathways to neglect are discussed.


Intimate partner violence Child neglect Child maltreatment Domestic violence Coercive control 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia University School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA