“But how do you assess children’s exposure?” This is the question I am most often asked by practitioners and researchers as I travel around North America and beyond to speak about children’s exposure to domestic violence. Ironically, I have often found myself without a useful answer. Thus the CEDV was born when I decided I should do something about it and try to help provide a concrete response to this question. Several years ago, with generous support from the Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station (they are interested in families too!), the Burt and Nan Galaway Fellowship Endowment and Title IV-E Child Welfare Training funds, my students and I set out to develop a measure to help fill the clear gap in assessment of children exposed to domestic violence. First we set out to understand the issues requiring assessment and what measures existed that might be useful in this domain. The result of this search was a review article recently published in Children and Youth Services Review (Edleson et al., 2007) that served as the basis for Chapter 1 in this Manual. Next, we set out to develop a measure and test its reliability and validity. The CEDV is the result and its development is documented in a paper currently under editorial review at a scholarly journal (Edleson, Shin & Johnson, 2007). This newer paper is the basis fo
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