When working with victims of abuse, it is essential to maintain an atmosphere that allows for safety and trust. When handled properly, victims can not only come forward with their case, but they can share vital details to the multidisciplinary team that works to investigate and diagnose these cases. For children, maintaining care and trust after a traumatic event of abuse, neglect, or violence is especially important. As outlined in our newest book, Child Abuse Quick Reference Third Edition, we offer some tips for the best follow-up care with children after a traumatic incidence. Read More »
To stop child maltreatment at the source, efforts must be made not only to educate the general public but parents who are at higher risk of causing maltreatment as well. Within this population are parents engaged in domestic violence which children are exposed to. We have discussed before how domestic violence affects children in the home. Now, in our new Child Maltreatment Prevention textbook, efforts are outlined as to how domestic violence can be prevented, which can also prevent harm to children in the home.
After a traumatic event, common with abuse, maltreatment, or neglect, the psychological outcomes can leave lasting damage. Although the experience and the individual make each response unique, there are some determinants to how some victims react to traumatic events, especially in cases of child maltreatment. Below, and outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook, are some variables that affect the reactions to these events.
When those affected by abuse, violence, and maltreatment make the choice to seek help, the response they receive can make the world of a difference. This is especially true for domestic violence survivors who are escaping an abusive relationship, sometimes with children. Outlined in our Intimate Partner Violence textbook, here are some important points to keep in mind to maintain a positive response to survivors.Read More »
Mandated reporters interact with children at places like daycare, school, doctor offices, and activity centers and act as a pivotal player in protecting children from abuse. However, if mandated reporters don’t know what they’re looking for, taking the appropriate actions for children becomes difficult. On top of those challenges, there’s a variety of different types of abuse to look out for. As outlined in our Mandated Reporter textbook, here is a breakdown of how to recognize major categories of abuse and an overview of what some mandated reporters may see to back their suspicions of abuse.Read More »
In consideration to the rising issue of sexual assault, prevention efforts have been made in campuses across the country within the last several years. Prevention efforts target three main audiences: potential perpetrators, potential victims, and bystanders. We will break down how prevention efforts are catered to each of these audiences and their rate of success, as outlined in our latest textbook, Sexual Assault 2E, Volume 3: Special Settings and Survivor Populations.Read More »
Finding the root of the problem is the first step to taking action against it. For cases of child maltreatment and abuse, many problems stem from a home life that does not foster healthy relationships. A framework developed by the CDC, safe, stable, nurturing relationships (also known as SSNRs) have a major impact in preventing child maltreatment. Below are definitions of what each of those mean, information that is also included in our Research and Practices of Child Maltreatment Prevention textbook.Read More »
Learn more about our recently published book, Child Abuse Quick Reference, Third Edition. Read More »
As an essential part of the actions focused towards helping victims, SANEs (sexual assault nurse examiners) and SAFEs (sexual assault forensic examiner) make up a segment of the SART (sexual assault response team). This blog will explore what they do and their importance in victim assistance, as outlined in our textbook, Sexual Assault 2E, Vol. 1: The Multidisciplinary Team.Read More »
In the wake of experiencing child maltreatment, children and adolescents have to make their way back to normalcy in a pace that works for them. Their resiliency, among other things, aids those affected by child maltreatment, or any other form of abuse, violence, or maltreatment. Resiliency gets them to a state of being that creates a feeling of safety and security with their surroundings and with themselves. This blog post will go over what ensures positive steps forward, as outlined in our Mental Health Issues of Child Maltreatment textbook.Read More »