Pediatricians can turn to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) for resources to help patients’ families affected by domestic abuse.
Three million to 4 million American women are battered by their male partners each year. The Academy has urged pediatricians to intervene on behalf of battered women because children whose mothers are being assaulted also are likely to be victims, according to a 1998 policy statement. And even if they are not victims of physical abuse themselves, children who witness domestic violence can suffer significant psychological injury.
Organized in 1978, NCADV is a network of 2,000 state coalitions and local programs serving battered women and their children. Based in Denver with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., NCADV offers individual and group memberships, and is funded by dues and product sales. However, anyone can contact NCADV for referrals or information.
The Web site (www.ncadv.org) provides the...