Child Witness to Violence Project


  • Overview of Organization and Services:
    The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) is a therapeutic, advocacy, and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are hidden victims of domestic and community violence and other trauma-related events. It is run under the auspices of the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

    CWVP is staffed by a multi-cultural staff of social workers, psychologists, early childhood specialists, a consulting pediatrician and consulting attorney. It is run under the auspices of the Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center.

    Goals of the project include:
    To identify young children who witness acts of significant violence.
    To help young children heal from the trauma of witnessing violence by providing developmentally appropriate counseling for them and for their families.
    To provide consultation and training to the network of caregivers in the lives of young children in order that they may more effectively identify and respond to children who are exposed to violence.
  • Additional Info:
    Our Services :
    Developmentally sensitive, trauma-focused therapy for the child and parent*
    Parent guidance, family therapy as needed
    Advocacy/intervention to stabilize the environment of the child
    Case-related consultation to schools, and early care and development centers
    Clinical consultation to clinicians and/or agencies working with young children affected by trauma
    Training to professional and parents on a variety of topics related to early childhood trauma, domestic and community violence and intervention
    * CWVP uses an evidence-based model of intervention for children and families: Child Parent Psychotherapy. This counseling model has been developed specifically for use with young children and their caregivers.

    Referrals for Direct Service
    Referrals to CWVP come from a variety of sources, including the police, health and mental health providers, Head Start and other early childhood programs, schools, attorneys, shelters for battered women, court-sponsored victim programs and the families themselves. Referral criteria include:
    The child must be 8 years old or younger
    The child must have witnessed or been affected by an act of significant violence
    If the child’s primary reason for referral does not meet the criteria for our program we will help to refer the child to other programs.
    To make a referral, call 617–414–4244.


  • Demographics Served:
    Children: 12 and under, Families
  • City/Towns Served:
    Amesbury, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salisbury, West Newbury
  • Types of Services Provided:
    Behavioral Health, Domestic Violence