Effective Science and Practice
Research on violence against children requires systematic approaches and multiple methods for organizing, testing, and contributing to the necessary knowledge base, and this can only be accomplished through the coordinated contributions of multiple academic disciplines and professions. For example, different types of violence against children require sophisticated contextual and transactional models in order to understand causal processes, moderating and mediating processes, mechanisms of action, and importantly, the immediate and long-term consequences of violence against children.
Along with this multidisciplinary requirement, productive research investigations will examine the many types of institutions and systems that impact children, especially those that can significantly ameliorate or worsen children’s outcomes. To make significant contributions to practice, researchers must also be able to translate such knowledge into technologies that can be used by professionals, clinics, community organizations, and governments. However, before dissemination can be successful, these technologies must be refined and tested for safety, feasibility and effectiveness.