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Improving Access to Care for Traumatized Children: Law Enforcement-Mental Health Collaborations for Child Witnesses to Violence.

Gewirtz, Abigail, Donald Harris, and Mary Jo Avendano.

Each year, an estimated 3.3 to 10 million children are witnesses to and victims of violence in the home. In one study of children living in low-income neighborhoods, 75% reported having witnessed community violence. Children exposed to violence are at heightened risk for behavioral and emotional problems, social and interpersonal difficulties, child maltreatment, and later perpetration of violence. The majority of children involved in violent events are witnesses who suffer psychological, rather than physical, harm and thus are less likely to come to the attention of service providers. This article outlines the barriers to the identification of child witnesses to violence, providing a rationale for the development of interdisciplinary community collaborations to increase access to care for such children. The authors review and report data from one such local collaborative model aimed at increasing access to care for children exposed to violence, the Child Development Policing Program.

CURA Reporter
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Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Funded by a Communiversity Personnel Grant from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), University of Minnesota. Additional funding was provided by the Minneapolis Police Department, the Tubman Family Alliance, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice, the Archibald Bush Foundation, the Sawchuk Family Foundation, the Wells Fargo Foundation, and the City of Minneapolis.
36 (2): 28-34.
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Reporter 36 (2)

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