How children and their caregivers adjust after intimate partner femicide

Jennifer L. Hardesty, Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Judith M. McFarlane, Linda A. Lewandowski

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Approximately 3,300 children are affected by intimate partner femicide each year. Despite the multitude of stressors and the potential for negative outcomes, little is known about these children or their caregivers. This in-depth interview study used family stress theory to explore caregivers' and children's adjustment after intimate partner femicide in 10 families. Data were analyzed qualitatively using framework analysis. Results suggest that children and their caregivers manage numerous health and adjustment challenges in the context of ongoing hardships, resource-poor environments, and continued efforts to come to terms with the loss of their loved one and its effects on their family. Future directions are provided, with a specific focus on family-centered, strengths-based, and advocacy approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-124
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Child exposure to violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Family crisis
  • Family stress theory
  • Intimate partner femicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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