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NSCAW Child Well-Being Spotlight: Parents Reported for Maltreatment Experience High Rates of Domestic Violence

Published: March 4, 2013
Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), 1997-2014 and 2015-2022 | Learn more about this project
NSCAW: Child Well-Being Spotlights

The vast majority (86%) of children who have received a report of child abuse or neglect remain in their homes following the investigation. In addition to the maltreatment event that brought them to the attention of the child welfare system, these children may be exposed to domestic violence. Parents’ self-reports from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II (NSCAW II) indicate that a quarter of parents whose children remained at home following a maltreatment report experienced physical domestic violence during the previous 12 months. Among the same parents, investigative caseworkers identified active domestic violence for about one in ten. These findings are consistent with prior research indicating that caseworkers may be under-identifying domestic violence. Such violence likely affects child safety, as well as a parents’ ability to effectively care for their children.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019