Resources: Children and Domestic Violence

Factsheets

Children Exposed to Domestic Violence  Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, 2012
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence  PATHS, 2011

Government Publications

Child Abuse is Wrong: What can I do?  Department of Justice, 2012
The Effects of Family Violence on Children  Royal Canada Mounted Police, 2012
Beyond Appearances: Brief on the Main Issues Facing Girls in Canada Status of Women, 2013
Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as They Grow Public Health Agency, 2007

Training

Child Trauma Academy-The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families
The purpose of this course is to present an overview of the topic of secondary trauma. The goal is to gain a better understanding of how to better serve the children we work with by making sure we are at our best. The better we understand how working with traumatized children affects us both personally and professionally the better able we will be to serve them. In order to remain emotionally healthy ourselves it is critically important that we understand how the elements of a child’s trauma can be absorbed. All professionals working with traumatized children can learn approaches and strategies to protect themselves from being emotionally overwhelmed by this work. In the end, the ability to help traumatized children depends upon our ability to stay emotionally healthy and motivated in difficult and often very frustrating situations. Price: Free

Child Trauma Academy Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma
By the time a child reaches the age of 18, the probability that he or she will have been touched directly by interpersonal or community violence is approximately one in four. Across the world, these numbers are even more astounding. First, trauma can have a devastating impact on the individual child, profoundly altering physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development. Second, the child’s experience directly impacts his or her family and community. We now know that a child’s potential to be creative, productive, healthy, and caring depends upon his or her experiences in childhood, and if these experiences are threatening, chaotic, and traumatic, the child’s potential is diminished. Ultimately, we all pay the price exacted by childhood trauma, whether we are dealing with individual children or large numbers of scarred adults assuming their places in society. Price: Free

Canadian Society for the Investigation of Child Abuse Online Courses
Online Child Abuse Response Certificate Training Program (CARCP) for teachers, childcare workers, foster parents, victim service workers, clinicians and other community professionals. The 2012-2013 season was offered October 2012 through March 2013. More opportunities to come. Price: $125/session or $625 for all 5 modules

Canadian Child Abuse Association- The Child Abuse Response Certificate Program
The Child Abuse Response Certificate Program (CARCP) is a 30 hour program consisting of five core modules. It was developed to meet the needs of community professionals who may encounter abused children in their roles at work. Many professionals have requested training so they can identify a child at risk and can best assist in an investigation without jeopardizing criminal or child welfare proceedings. This intermediate to advanced program will support you in the challenging task of working with abused children and their families. Price: $225/session or $1125 for all 5 modules