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(p. 303) Treating Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence within the Context of Child Custody Disputes 

(p. 303) Treating Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence within the Context of Child Custody Disputes
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(p. 303) Treating Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence within the Context of Child Custody Disputes
Author(s):

Michael A. Saini

, Elisa Romano

, Kelly Weegar

, Sarah Zak

, and Elena Gallitto

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190693237.003.0012
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date: 13 November 2019

Intimate partner violence (IPV) in the context of child custody disputes is a challenging and complex reality for many children and their families. The aim of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive overview and analysis of interventions for children exposed to IPV. The goal is to assist mental health and family law professionals to consider the various modalities and practice approaches for intervening with children exposed to IPV within the context of child custody disputes, while ultimately improving parenting plans that best meet the needs of children exposed to violence. The focus of this chapter is on the unique realities, consequences, and treatment options for children exposed to IPV. With a focus on children, the authors summarize the most current social science research regarding the effects on children exposed to IPV. They then address screening and assessment protocols that have been developed to detect the presence of IPV within families, specifically considering the applications of these protocols to the context of child custody disputes. They then review the various treatment approaches and models developed to treat children exposed to IPV. Lastly, the authors provide practical considerations for developing treatment plans for children exposed to IPV within the context of child custody disputes.

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