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Understanding connections and relationships

Author(s) Murphy, Clare, Nicola Paton, Pauline Gulliver, and Janet Fanslow
Title Understanding connections and relationships: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting
Source New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse Issues Paper 3, April 2013, pp1-38
Date 2013
Document type Research report
Coverage New Zealand
SummaryThis paper explores the issues around child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting, and the links between them. The prevalence of child maltreatment and children's exposure to IPV in New Zealand is discussed. Research has shown that children are present in approximately half of all family violence incidents attended by police. The data for the co-occurrence of IPV and child maltreatment varies but research indicates that in a high proportion of families where IPV exists, children are also directly maltreated. The range of physical, emotional and development consequences resulting from a child's exposure to IPV are documented and the authors further explore the psychosocial and anti-social impacts of the co-occurrence of IPV and child maltreatment. The effect of IPV in undermining the women's health and ability to parent effectively is also discussed and it is recommended that there needs to be a greater understanding of the importance of supporting the women subjected to IPV in order to support the children in a violent family situation.
Keywords Intimate partner violence; IPV; child maltreatment; relationships; support.
Topic Domestic violence