Mandatory Reporting in the Context of Home Visitation Programs: Intimate Partner Violence and Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence




Danielle M. Davidov, Susan M. Jack, Stephanie S. Frost, and Jeffrey H. Coben

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP)


The mandatory reporting of intimate partner violence (IPV) is a controversial issue that is receiving increased attention. A related concern is whether children’s exposure to IPV constitutes child maltreatment, making it reportable to child protective services. These issues have been relatively unexplored within the context of home visitation programs. A secondary analysis of qualitative data collected from community stakeholders, clients, and home visiting nurses in the Nurse-Family Partnership program was carried out. Participants’ perceptions about mandatory reporting of IPV and reporting of children’s exposure to IPV are highlighted. Emergent themes and implications for research, practice, and policy are discussed. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Focus groups
  • Interviews



For More Information

Davidov, D. M., Jack, S. M., Frost, S. S., & Coben, J. H. (2012). Mandatory reporting in the context of home visitation programs: Intimate partner violence and children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. Violence Against Women, 18(5), 595–610. doi: 10.1177/1077801212453278
Author Contact Information:
Danielle M. Davidov


  • Home Visiting Workforce Characteristics and Workforce Development
  • Participant, Family, and Program Outcomes