Interventions to promote well‐being of children exposed to intimate partner violence

Added April 17, 2020

Citation: Latzman NE, Casanueva C, Brinton J, et al. The promotion of well‐being among children exposed to intimate partner violence: A systematic review of interventions. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2019; 15: e1049

What is this: There have been increases in domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is needed on interventions to minimise psychological damage to children who witness it.

In this Campbell systematic review, the authors searched for studies that had evaluated the effects of psychosocial interventions to promote well‐being among children exposed to intimate partner violence and which they rated as having low or moderate risk of bias. They did not restrict their search by date of publication and did the most recent search in April 2018. They included 8 randomized trials (924 participants), which were conducted in India (1 study), the Netherlands (1) and the USA (6).

What works: In‐home intensive services (parent training and provision of emotional support to the parent) are more effective than interventions in outpatient/clinic settings.

Programmes targeting the non-offending parent (usually the mother) were more effective.

What doesn’t work: Nothing noted.

What’s uncertain: The effects of online courses, which might be required because of social distancing, are uncertain.


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