Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry
& Behavioural Neurosciences (Drs MacMillan and Wathen) and Department
of Pediatrics (Dr MacMillan), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV) are difficult
to study. Both occur within the family context, often involving experiences
that are known only to the survivor and the perpetrator. The hidden nature
of family violence creates challenges for measurement of exposure and determinants.
Yet the severity of these problems and their impact on vulnerable members
of society have resulted in a rush to implement prevention or screening programs
that may not have first undergone rigorous evaluation.
MacMillan HL, Wathen CN. Family Violence ResearchLessons Learned and Where From Here?. JAMA. 2005;294(5):618-620. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.618