Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 196–216 | Cite as

Violence Exposure Among Children with Disabilities

  • Patricia M. Sullivan


The focus of this paper is children with disabilities exposed to a broad range of violence types including child maltreatment, domestic violence, community violence, and war and terrorism. Because disability research must be interpreted on the basis of the definitional paradigm employed, definitions of disability status and current prevalence estimates as a function of a given paradigm are initially considered. These disability paradigms include those used in federal, education, juvenile justice, and health care arenas. Current prevalence estimates of childhood disability in the U.S. are presented within the frameworks of these varying definitions of disability status in childhood. Summaries of research from 2000 to 2008 on the four types of violence victimization addressed among children with disabilities are presented and directions for future research suggested.


Children Disabilities Violence Child maltreatment 



The research summarized in this paper was supported, in part, by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services within the: Office on Child Abuse & Neglect (90 CA 1561 and 90 CA 1562); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (R49/CCR722337-02); and the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, and the Office on Special Education Rehabilitation Services (5 R01 HD046991). The assistance of Deepa Srivastava and Calleen Zach is gratefully acknowledged in the completion of this paper.


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  1. 1.Center for the Study of Children’s IssuesCreighton University School of MedicineOmahaUSA

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