August 3, 2005

Family Violence ResearchLessons Learned and Where From Here?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences (Drs MacMillan and Wathen) and Department of Pediatrics (Dr MacMillan), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

JAMA. 2005;294(5):618-620. doi:10.1001/jama.294.5.618

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.

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