Addressing Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: Challenges and Opportunities

  • Jeanne L. Alhusen
  • Grace W. K. Ho
  • Kamala F. Smith
  • Jacquelyn C. Campbell
Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 2)


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a public health issue existing in most countries, occurring across all demographic, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic lines. Women of child-bearing age are at the highest risk of IPV, and the prevalence of IPV is disproportionately high in families with children younger than five years of age. Research has documented a pervasive link between intimate partner violence and child maltreatment (CM). This chapter provides a foundation for understanding the relationship between IPV and CM. An overview of related epidemiology is presented with a discussion of the comorbidity of IPV and CM. Focus is given to the cultural considerations in researching and addressing the occurrence and co-occurrence of IPV and CM. The chapter concludes with recommendations for future research as well as policy implications.


Intimate Partner Violence Domestic Violence Family Violence Child Protective Service Adverse Childhood Experience 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeanne L. Alhusen
    • 1
  • Grace W. K. Ho
    • 1
  • Kamala F. Smith
    • 2
  • Jacquelyn C. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins University School of NursingBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Abt AssociatesCambridgeUSA

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