oa Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Children: the secondary victims of domestic violence

Volume 7, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



While research evidence regarding wife abuse over the past two decades has been accumulating, very little research has been done and very little concern expressed by both researchers and professionals about the impact of witnessing domestic violence upon children. Apart from the fact that the dysfunctional pattern of violent marriages impairs the ability of parents to meet the developmental and emotional needs of children, these children were otherwise overlooked or misunderstood by service providers and researchers alike.

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