Term Counseling for Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Code RP-1400.8000-020.21
Definition Programs that identify, assess and provide individual, group or family counseling or other therapeutic services for children who have been exposed to domestic violence. The therapy helps children cope with their emotional reaction to the violence, reduce problematic symptoms/behaviors (e.g., nightmares, insomnia, aggressiveness, outbursts of anger, withdrawal), understand, to the extent they can, why their parents are fighting and be reassured that it is not their fault. Children who are not ready to discuss what they have witnessed may be asked to use drawing of their family or their home, play with dolls or engage in other activities as a way of expressing what they are unable to say. Therapists also work to help the family create a safe and stable environment that will support the child’s ability to heal. Specific therapeutic approaches will vary depending on the child's age, their level of traumatization and other factors. Treatment may involve consultation with the child's school or contacts with pediatricians, attorneys or other providers involved with the family.
Created 5/26/11
Changed 3/7/13
Use References Counseling for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse
Counseling for Children Affected by Intimate Partner Abuse
Counseling for Children Affected by Intimate Partner Violence
Counseling for Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse
Counseling for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Counseling for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Abuse
Counseling for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence
Counseling for Children Living With Domestic Abuse
Counseling for Children Living With Domestic Violence
Counseling for Children Living With Intimate Partner Abuse
Counseling for Children Living With Intimate Partner Violence
Counseling for Children Witnessing Domestic Abuse
See Also References Child Abuse Counseling (RP-1400.8000-020.15)
Child Abuse Protective/Restraining Orders (FT-6940.1500)
Crime Victim/Witness Counseling (RP-1400.8000-160)
Domestic Violence Protective/Restraining Orders (FT-6940.1900)
External Classification Terms Counseling (UW 7.1.01.01)
Counseling (NTE F60)
Mental Health/Addictions (AIRS MH-500)
Mental Health/Addictions (CAN MH-500)
Personal Safety (ACH E-01)
Spouse Abuse Counseling (NPC F06.02.03)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Domestic Violence
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Foster Care Transition Services
Facet Service
Comments
Bibliographic References "Mental Health Services for Children Who Witness Domestic Violence", Betsy McAlister Groves, MSW, LICSW, Director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, http://www.athealth.com/Practitioner/ceduc/dv_Children.html

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