Consider this staggering statistic for a moment: over 18 million children have been exposed to family violence in the U.S. One out of every four children has been exposed to violent behavior between their parents or caregivers.
Growing up in a violent home can have devastating effects on a child. It can impede their growth, development, and overall quality of life. However, when properly addressed, the effects of witnessing violence can largely be mitigated – and can have a life-changing impact.
Research has shown that the non-abusing parents play a critical role in the lives of children who are exposed to violence. For this reason, anti-violence organizations and advocates play a crucial role in facilitating this parent-child healing process.
Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence (Promising Futures) is designed to help advocates and organizations support children and parents facing domestic violence.
Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, it’s a robust database of resources – including best practices, evaluation tools, research-informed strategies, and more – to mitigate the negative effects of domestic abuse on a child and help break the cycle of violence.