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Youth witness factsheet: Structural risk factors to domestic violence exposure, part 2

Other important protective factors that contribute to resilience among DV exposed children and youth, include building connections (e.g., mentoring), developing personal strengths – such as social competence (e.g., communication), and autonomy (e.g., adaptive distancing), and enhancing maternal monitoring among Latin@ youth. A study on DV and PTSD, found that the amount of social support to the mother, inclusive of friends, relatives, and religion, was a protective element for their children. A secure attachment to a non-violent parent or other significant caretaker has been cited consistently in the literature as an important protective factor in mitigating trauma and distress from DV.

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