Domestic Violence Reading List

This reading list was compiled by experts in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes important recent work as well as classic books and articles on domestic violence by Network and other experts in the field.

Clicking on SUMMARY will open a new window with a summary of the selected article. We provide in-depth summaries for many of the works written by members of the NCTSN.

Because most books and articles are protected by copyright law, we cannot provide copies of them or links to full text. But whenever possible, we have provided links to articles on publishers' websites, where you may be able to access the full article, depending on the publisher's policy. You can also contact your local public, medical, or university library for help if you would like to read the full publications.

American Psychological Association. Violence and the Family. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 1996.

Apple AE and Holden GW."The co-occurrence of spouse and physical child abuse: A review and appraisal," Journal of Family Psychology vol 12(4): 578-599. 1998. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Augustyn M, Parker S, Groves BM, and Zuckerman B."Silent victims: Children who witness violence," Contemporary Pediatrics vol 12(8): 35-57. 1993.

Becker KB and McCloskey LA."Attention and conduct problems in children exposed to family violence," American Journal of Orthopsychiatry vol 72(1): 83-91. 2002. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Burman S and Allen-Meares P."Neglected victims of murder: Children witness to parental homicide," Social Work vol 39(1): 558-574. 1994.

Carter L and Steverson C. The Future of Children: Domestic Violence and Children vol 9(3). Los Altos, CA: The David and Lucille Packard Foundation. 1999.

Cummings EM."Marital conflict and children's functioning," Social Development vol 3(1): 16-36. 1994. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9507.1994.tb00021.x

Edelson JL."Children's witnessing of adult domestic violence," Journal of Interpersonal Violence vol 14(8): 839-870. 1999. doi:10.1177/088626099014008004

Edelson JL."The overlap between child maltreatment and women battering," Violence against Women vol 5(2): 134-154. 1999. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Fantuzzo J, DePaola L, Lambert L, and Martino T."Effects of interpersonal violence on the psychological adjustment and competencies of young children," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology vol 59(2): 258-265 1991. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.59.2.258

Feerick MM and Haugaard JJ."The long-term effects of witnessing marital violence for women: The contribution of childhood physical and sexual abuse," Journal of Family Violence vol 14(4):377-398. 1999. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Ganley AL and Schecter S. Domestic Violence: A National Curriculum for Children's Protective Services. San Francisco: Family Violence Prevention Fund. 1996.

Gelles RJ. Intimate Violence in Families. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 1997.

Gordon MA."Domestic violence in families exposed to torture and related violence and trauma." In Gerrity ET, Keane TM, and Tuma F, eds, The Mental Health Consequences of Torture, 227-245. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. Publishers. 2001. SUMMARY

Groves BM."Children without refuge: Young witnesses to domestic violence." In Osofsky JD, and Fenichel E, eds, Islands of Safety. Washington, DC: Zero to Three. 1996.

Groves BM."Growing up in a violent world: The impact of family and community violence on young children and their families." In Erwin E, ed, Putting Children First: Visions for a Brighter Future for Children. Boston, Brookes. 1996.

Henning K, Leitenberg H, Coffey P, Turner T, and Bennett R."Long-term psychological and social impact of witnessing physical conflict between parents," Journal of Interpersonal Violence vol 11(1): 35-51. 1996. doi:10.1177/088626096011001003

Holden GW, Geffner RA, and Jouriles EN. Children Exposed to Marital Violence: Theory, Research, and Applied Issues. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 1998.

Jaffe PG, Wolfe D, and Wilson SK. Children of Battered Women. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. 1990.

Jouriles EN, Spiller LC, Stephens N, McDonald R, and Swank P."Variability in adjustment of children of battered women: The role of child appraisals of interparent conflict," Cognitive Therapy and Research vol 24(2): 233-249. 2000. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Kashani JH and Allan WD. The Impact of Family Violence on Children and Adolescents. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998.

Kilpatrick KL, Litt M, and Williams LM."Post-traumatic stress disorder in child witness to domestic violence," American Journal of Orthopsychiatry vol 67(4): 639-644. 1997. doi: 10.1037/h0080261

Kilpatrick KL and Williams M."Potential mediators of post-traumatic stress disorder in child witnesses to domestic violence," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 22(4): 319-330. 1998. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Kolbo JR, Blakely EH, and Engleman D."Children who witness domestic violence: A review of empirical literature," Journal of Interpersonal Violence vol 11(2): 281-293. 1996. doi:10.1177/088626096011002010

Lansdown G."Children's rights and domestic violence," Child Abuse Review vol 9: 416-426. 2000. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Margolin G and Gordis EB."The effects of family and community violence on children," Annual Review of Psychology vol 51: 445-479. 2000. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Massachusetts Department of Probation. The Tragedies of Domestic Violence: A Qualitative Analysis of Civil Restraining Orders in Massachusetts. Boston, Office of the Commissioner of Probation. 1994.

Mathias JL, Mertin P, and Murray A."The psychological functioning of children from backgrounds of domestic violence," Australian Psychologist vol 30(1), 47-56. 1996. doi:10.1080/00050069508259606

McCloskey LA, Figueredo AJ, and Koss MP."The effects of systemic family violence on children's mental health," Child Development vol 66, 1239-1261. 1995. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.1995.tb00933.x

McKay MM."The link between domestic violence and child abuse: Assessment and treatment considerations," Child Welfare vol 73(1): 29-39. 1994.

McNeal C and Amato P."Parents' marital violence: Long-term consequences for children," Journal of Family Issues vol 19(2): 123-139. 1998. doi:10.1177/019251398019002001

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice. Reno, NV: NCJFCJ. 1999.

Nicarthy G. The Ones Who Got Away: Women Who Left Abusive Partners. Seattle, Seal Press. 1987.

O'Brien M, Bahadur M, Gee C, Balton K, and Erber S."Child exposure to marital conflict and child coping responses as predictors of child adjustment," Cognitive Therapy and Research vol 21(1): 39-59. 1997. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

O'Keefe M."Predictors of child abuse in maritally violent families," Journal of Interpersonal Violence vol 10(1); 3-25. 1995. doi:10.1177/088626095010001001 

Orbach Y, Lamb ME, Sternberg KJ, Williams JMG, and Dawud-Noursi S."The effect of being a victim or witness of family violence on the retrieval of autobiographical memories," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 25: 1427-1437. 2001 Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Osofsky JD."Children who witness domestic violence: The invisible victims," Social Policy Report vol 9(3): 1-16. 1995.

Osofsky JD."When the helper is hurting." In Osofsky JD, and Fenichel E, eds, Islands of Safety. Washington, DC: Zero to Three. 1996.

Osofsky JD, Hammer JH, Freeman N, and Rovaris JM."How law enforcement and mental health professionals can partner to help traumatized children." In Osofsky JD, ed, Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment, 285-298. New York, Guilford Press. 2004. SUMMARY

Pynoos RS and Eth S."Special intervention programs for child witnesses to violence." In Lystad M, ed, Violence in the Home: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 193-216. New York, Brunner/Mazel. 1986. SUMMARY

Pynoos RS and Eth S."Witness to violence: The child interview," Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry vol 25(3): 306-319. 1986. SUMMARY

Ross SM."Risk of physical abuse to children of spouse abusing parents," Child Abuse and Neglect vol 20(7): 589-597. 1996. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Rossman BBR."Time heals all: How much and for whom?" Journal of Emotional Abuse vol 2(1): 31-50. 2000. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website.

Schechter S. Guidelines for Mental Health Practitioners in Domestic Violence Cases. Washington, DC: National Coalition against Domestic Violence. 1987.

Shipman KL, Rossman BBR, and West JC."Co-occurrence of spousal violence and child abuse: Conceptual implications," Child Maltreatment vol 4(2): 93-103. 1999.

Socolar RRS."Domestic violence and children. A review," North Carolina Medical Journal vol 61(5): 279-283. 2000.

Trickett PK and Schellenbach C. Violence Against Children in the Family and the Community. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 1998.

Whitney P and Davis L."Child abuse and domestic violence in Massachusetts: Can practice be integrated in a public child welfare setting?" Child Maltreatment vol 4(2):158-166. 1999.

Wolfe DA and Korsch B."Witnessing domestic violence during childhood and adolescence: Implication for pediatric practice," Pediatrics vol 94(4): 594-599. 1994.

Zuckerman B, Augustyn M, and Groves B, and Parker S."Silent victims revisited: The special case of domestic violence," Pediatrics vol 96(3): 511-513. 1995.