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Free Content The Combined and Independent Impact of Witnessed Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pervasive issue, generating startling facts regarding its detrimental societal effects. There is also considerable overlap between witnessing IPV and experiencing childhood maltreatment. The current article reviews the state of the knowledge about the short- and long-term impact of witnessing IPV as well as a review of the literature exploring the unique impact of experiencing both IPV and maltreatment compared to witnessing only. Seventy-three articles were included in the present review. Negative outcomes in youth have been reported in both the internalizing and externalizing domains of functioning, in health and cognitive domains, as well as in youth's relationships with family, peers, and romantic partners. The current literature suggests that these negative impacts persist into adulthood. Mixed results, whether there are significant additive effects of witnessing IPV and child maltreatment compared to witnessing IPV only, were found in youth and again into adulthood. Policy implications and recommendations for future research are suggested.

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Keywords: ADULTHOOD; CHILD MALTREATMENT; CHILDHOOD; FEMALE-PERPETRATED VIOLENCE; INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE; MALE-PERPETRATED VIOLENCE; MUTUAL PHYSICAL VIOLENCE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2012

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