Reference material on child abuse

Early this morning, I was surfing through the internet trying to do expand on the subject of how child abuse is passed through the generations as a part of the talk on Mothers and Children in the Jails and Prisons of the Nation. I came across these links and thought it might be helpful to pass them along.

A while back Amber Kelly and myself were co-presenters at VA workshop on PTSD for couples series. I walked into it thinking that PTSD was only a dynamic that an individual suffered as a result of a traumatic event. There I learned that spouses could and did acquire many of the behaviors and problems of those suffered by their spouse.

Among much of the information presented in the research, the point is made that a child  does not have to experience the actual abuse itself but by witnessing it can be affected. Do not want to say more other than invite you to follow the links to where you make think the relative points or interests are in your individual circumstances.

SAMHSA and the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Coordinating Center
SAMHSA and the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Coordinating Center are committed to documenting the lessons learned from the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Study and disseminating this information in ways that help improve services and policies affecting women who are trauma survivors and who have co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. If you would like a hard copy of a publication listed below or would like to be put on our mailing list, please contact us at or (518) 439-7415.

Parent and child abuse Program Summary
Children may also be affected by parental co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders and experiences of trauma and the multi-faceted long-term problems that may result. Many of these children, however do not receive the services and support they need to help them with these problems. Failure to respond to the needs of these children increases their risk of developing a range of problems as they grow older including anger, depression, sense of abandonment and co-occurring substance and mental health disorders .

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