Departmental Papers (SPP)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

October 2007


Although children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV) are at an increased risk of psychological, behavioral, and physical health problems, whether to intervene on their behalf remains a controversial issue. Policymakers and community service professionals would benefit from understanding public support for such intervention as well as any contexts or demographics associated with variation in that support. Such professionals could use this information to: 1) predict better the public’s support for funding interventions and potential involvement in reporting cases or encouraging families to seek help, and 2) aid in the development of criteria for a differential intervention response for children exposed to IPV based on the severity of IPV cases.


Postprint version. To be published in Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 31, Issue 11-12, November 2007, pages 1155-1168.


child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, intervention, public opinion, community-based norms



Date Posted: 15 August 2007

This document has been peer reviewed.