ERIC Number: ED468479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-18
Hidden Victims: Caring for Children Who Witness Violence.
Recent studies suggest that children who witness violence in their homes and neighborhoods may not be as resilient as medical and mental health specialists once believed. This article presents an interview with Betsy McAlister Groves, director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at the Boston Medical Center, one of the first programs in the country to provide counseling, advocacy, and outreach services for children age 8 or younger who have witnessed violence, particularly in their families. Topics discussed include how children are referred to the program, symptoms of a child who is suffering, the effects of witnessing violence on a childs development, the ability for children to heal, and how state and federal agencies are reacting to this new information about children who witness violent acts. (GCP)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Development, Childhood Needs, Children, Counseling, Family Violence, Resilience (Personality), Violence
Connect for Kids, 1625 K St., NW, 11th Floor, Washington, DC, 20006. For full text: http://www.connectforkids.org/.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Benton Foundation, Washington, DC.