The Overlap Between Child Maltreatment and Woman Abuse
- Studies show that children are being physically abused in approximately half the families where the mother is a known victim of domestic assault.
- Similarly, studies show that mothers are being battered in approximately half the families where her child is a known victim of physical abuse.
- Available studies differ dramatically in their methods, including definitions of abuse, families studied, data collection procedures, and reported results. The over-reliance in most studies on single sources of information most likely leads to underestimating the extent of the overlap.
- Research to date has provided only limited answers to the many questions that arise when studying this issue. Most studies are based on surveys designed to collect information on other topics. As a result, many questions remain unanswered.