Child maltreatment within military families

By Deborah A Gibbs, Sandra L Martin, Monique Clinton-Sherrod, Jennifer L Hardison Walters, Ruby E Johnson

Attention to child maltreatment in the military has risen in recent years in response to greater focus on family well-being and evolving response to domestic violence. This research brief describes aspects of military life that may protect against risks for child maltreatment or increase such risks. Based on this evidence, we suggest a research agenda to inform prevention and intervention efforts.


Gibbs, D. A., Martin, S. L., Clinton-Sherrod, M., Hardison Walters, J. L., & Johnson, R. E. (2011). Child maltreatment within military families. (RTI Press Publication No. RB-0002-1105). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

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Deborah A GibbsDeborah A. Gibbs, MSPH, is a senior policy analyst and deputy director of the Women, Children, and Families Program at RTI International.

Sandra L MartinSandra L. Martin, PhD, is the associate dean for research in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and professor and associate chair for research within the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Monique Clinton-Sherrod

Jennifer L Hardison WaltersJennifer L. Hardison Walters, MSW, is a research analyst in RTI's Crime, Violence, and Justice Program.

Ruby E JohnsonRuby E. Johnson, MS, is a research statistician with RTI International.

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