• Journal Article

The impact of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence surveillance initiatives

Citation

Clinton-Sherrod, A., Gibbs, D., Crosby, A., Melanson, C., Loomis, K., Farris, T., & Leeb, R. T. (2010). The impact of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence surveillance initiatives. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 17(3), 177-185. DOI: 10.1080/17457301003728486

Abstract

Child maltreatment (CM) and intimate partner violence (IPV) take a tremendous toll on communities around the world. Despite the impact of CM and IPV, data on their incidence are drawn from disparate sources of varying quality. To improve data resources in these areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Division of Violence Prevention funded state-based IPV and CM surveillance activities in nine states between 1994 and 2005. This article describes reported outcomes of these surveillance programmes; assesses factors affecting their sustainability; and provides recommendations for similar programmes through document review and interviews with state representatives. Findings indicate that states achieved outcomes with these surveillance initiatives; however, states noted concerns with sustaining systems because of a lack of resources and ineffective collaborations. Highlighted in this article are several lessons that other countries can learn from the experiences of these states in testing CM and IPV surveillance systems