Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 647–654 | Cite as

Evaluating an Online Program to Help Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Results of Two Randomized Controlled Trials

  • Kelli S. Sargent
  • Renee McDonald
  • Nicole L. Vu
  • Ernest N. Jouriles
Original Article


The current study reports the results of two randomized controlled trials investigating effects of an online program (Change A Life) designed to educate individuals about children’s exposure to domestic violence (DV), and to increase individuals’ self-efficacy for providing support to children exposed to DV. In both a community sample (n = 110) and a college student sample (n = 146), participants who completed Change A Life, compared to those who completed a control program, reported increased knowledge about children’s exposure to DV. In the community sample, but not the college student sample, those who completed Change A Life also reported increased self-efficacy for helping children exposed to DV. Neither participant sex nor history of exposure to domestic violence moderated intervention effects.


Children exposed to domestic violence Intimate partner violence Online program Intervention Community support 



This research was partially supported by a grant from to Drs. McDonald and Jouriles. The sponsor had no input into the study design, the execution of the study, the analysis or interpretation of the data, or the writing of the report.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

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