BRAVE Young Families

Functioning of expectant mothers and young families exposed to violence

The objective of this study is to gain a better understanding of how intimate partner violence affects the health and development of mothers and their children.

Research Overview

The current study aims to collect quantitative and qualitative assessments of mothers and their children in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the intervention needs of these young families. It is hoped that the current study will provide preliminary information on mediating factors in the intergenerational transmission of risk and protective factors following exposure to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). It is expected that this project will inform in the development of an intervention aimed at meeting the needs of these young families. In order to better determine which effects are unique to pregnancy versus unique to IPV, we will employ a 2x2 sampling design (IPV/no IPV; pregnant/not pregnant)

Age Group

  • Adults
  • Infants
  • Preschooler
  • Toddlers


Laura Miller-Graff, Ph.D. 

Research Impact

The goal of the study is to identify risk and protective factors for women and children exposed to intimate partner violence, with the goal of informing evidence-based early interventions.

Research Themes