Art is a symbolic language that communicates feelings and truths which could otherwise be difficult to get across. Using art to let children express feelings and thoughts where words are failing them can become especially useful in a therapy setting.
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.