Approximately one third of Canadian women will first experience abuse in childhood. Many of these women will continue to experience violence across the life course; some will use violence in subsequent peer, intimate, or family relationships. This discussion paper provides an overview of the literature on the connection between early and later victimization or use of violence and highlights the implications for health and well-being. Both theoretical explanations and empirical evidence are reviewed. Limitations of the current research are discussed, including the importance of viewing these life course associations within the broader social context. The report concludes with future directions offered to improve our understanding of - and response to - the violence experienced by women and girls.
Links between the New Report: Maltreatment of Girls and Later Victimization or Use of Violence