Preventing Domestic Violence Exposure to Children

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.

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Variables That Influence Traumatic Reactions in Child Maltreatment

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.

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Defining Physical and Emotional Child Neglect

On our blog, we’ve covered physical and emotional child abuse. However, the difference between abuse and neglect is distinctive. While abuse and maltreatment are interchangeable, neglect is failure to provide basic needs or failure to intervene when necessary. Featured in our Nursing Approach to the Evaluation of Child Maltreatment 2nd Edition, these types of neglect are defined and further explained.
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How A Child’s Health Is Impacted by Domestic Violence

Children, especially early in their lives, learn their most important lessons from their parents.  However, if they’re learning from parents involved in domestic violence, the outcome can be more damaging than people believe. Many children exposed to domestic violence are affected by its outcome in each stage of life, including adulthood. In this post, we’re going to focus on how children’s health is impacted by domestic violence.Read More »

Michigan Parents and Lawmakers Advocate for Nation’s First Child Abuse Registry

The advocacy for “Wyatt’s Law” began when Wyatt Hammel, at one year old, was left in the care of his father’s girlfriend and shaken so severely that he was then hospitalized for nearly two months experiencing skull fractures, fractured limbs, brain swelling, and temporary blindness.  The effects of this incident have had long-term consequences for the now three-year-old Hammel who lives with special needs and is now in school learning to speak. Wyatt’s mother, Erica Hammel, has said of the severity of his experience: “it came in as a homicide case because they didn’t expect him to make it.”Read More »

Non-Abusive Issues that Mimic Abusive Head Trauma

Among our many new and upcoming titles is the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma Pocket Atlas Series.  Consisting of two volumes, this series joins our other Abusive Head Trauma related titles in helping to identify Abusive Head Trauma, and to rule out abusive trauma in cases where medical issues and head injuries may emulate the effects of abuse.  Ruling out the possibility of these alternative issues is incredibly crucial in properly identifying child abuse, preventing misdiagnoses, and ensuring that no wrongful conviction of child abuse occurs, as well as ensuring that if an alternative medical issue is present, it is properly treated.  For these reasons the second book in our new series focuses entirely on that.Read More »