For decades, the system responding to domestic violence has believed that once the battered woman leaves, the violence, power, and control ends. But the batterer’s desire and ability to punish and control remains strong. There is a high co-occurrence between child abuse and domestic violence. This complicates family reactions, obscures needs and makes intervening to protect both the children and the mother challenging. We will talk about the 7 Realities for mothers and children after they leave and explore how advocates can change thinking and responses to better assist families facing both DV and child abuse.
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