chapter  15
The impact of intimate partner violence on children
A global and developmental analysis
ByHannah Clark, Sandra A. Graham-Bermann
Pages 12

This chapter discusses the factors that contribute to children's resilience despite exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and then consider the resources available to promote resilience and reduce the negative outcomes associated with IPV exposure in children. It considers the implications of exposure in utero, at pre-school age, among school-aged children and in adolescence. The impact of IPV exposure on children's behaviour and mental health can be conceptualized from a developmental psychopathology perspective. It is important to understand the effects of IPV on women, because the majority of abused women are mothers and thus the negative effects can add additional stress as they care for and parent their children. Risk factors associated with negative outcomes for women exposed to IPV include growing up in a family with domestic abuse, being maltreated as a child, having low education, and exposure to cultural attitudes that permit or sustain violence against women and gender inequality.