ERIC Number: ED255826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Violence and Abuse in American Families. Hearing before the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session, June 14, 1984.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
This document contains testimony and prepared statements from the Congress presented at a hearing on family violence. Statements are given from an executive involved in a television special about incest, a victim of abuse, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, and representatives from a victim witness program, the United Way, the National Conference of Catholic Charities, and the Police Executive Research Forum. Prepared statements, letters, and supplemental materials are included from these witnesses, other congressmen and senators, and from representatives of the Vermont Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. An increase in reported cases of family violence in recent years and the need for more resources to deal with this problem are described. Practical steps to help police departments prevent such violence are discussed; stricter arrest and prosecution policies, improved training programs for police officers, and referrals to battered women shelters and abuser programs are suggested. Allocation of United Way funds to child and adult abuse prevention efforts are outlined. Treatment and prevention programs to combat physical and sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults are described and difficulties faced by these programs are reviewed. The need for federal legislation to help prevent family violence and for adequate services to family violence victims and their children is emphasized. (NRB)
Descriptors: Battered Women, Child Abuse, Family Problems, Family Violence, Federal Aid, Government Role, Hearings, Incest, Individual Needs, Prevention, Sexual Abuse, Victims of Crime
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.