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Child maltreatment within military families


Gibbs, D., Martin, S. L., Clinton-Sherrod, A., Hardison Walters, J., & Johnson, R. (2011). Child maltreatment within military families. (RTI Press Publication No. RB-0002-1105). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. DOI: 10.3768/rtipress.2011.rb.0002.1105


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.

Author Details

Deborah Gibbs

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

SL Martin

Sandra 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.

Anjenette Clinton-Sherrod

Monique Clinton-Sherrod, PhD, is a research psychologist and research program area leader for Substance Use and Violence in RTI International’s Risk Behavior and Family Research Program.

Jennifer Hardison Walters

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

Ruby Johnson

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