Understanding connections and relationships: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting

Date published
19 Apr 2013
Document type
Report

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse's third issues paper reviews the evidence on the frequency with which intimate partner violence and child maltreatment co-occur.

The United States NatSCEV study showed:

  • 34% of the children who had witnessed intimate partner violence had also been subjected to direct maltreatment in the past year, compared to 9% of those who had not witnessed intimate partner violence.
  • Over their lifetimes, over half of those (57%) who had witnessed intimate partner violence were also maltreated, compared to 11% of those who had not witnessed intimate partner violence.
  • Men were more likely to perpetrate intimate partner violence incidents that were witnessed by children than were women, with 68% of children witnessing violence only by men.

Understanding connections and relationships: Child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and parenting (New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse)

Last update: 3 Jun 2015