Public Policies and Family Violence

The second focus area of CMPL is evaluating public policies and their impacts on child maltreatment prevention. Policy makers and governments have the ability to implement policies that support families and protect children, indeed, such policies have the potential to have a profound influence on the day-to-day lives of families. The lab has investigated the impacts of workplace policies, earned income tax credits and childcare subsidies on child maltreatment and intimate partner violence.


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Recent publications

  1. Maguire-Jack, K., Park, Y., Feely, M., Schneider, W., Pace, G.T., Thibodeau, E. & Klika, B. (2024). Childcare subsidy employment requirements and copayment requirements and child maltreatment. Child Maltreatment. Published online:

  2. Maguire-Jack, K., Hardi, F., Stormer, B., Lee, J., Feeley, M., Rostad, W., Ford, D., Merrick, M.T., Murphy, C.A., & Klika, J.B. (2022). Early childhood education and care policies in the U.S. and their impact on family violence. Children and Youth Services Review, 142, 106653.

  3. Showalter, K., Marçal, K.Maguire-Jack, K., Eubank, K. M., Machinga R. O., & Park, Y.. (2024). The protective effect of employment policies on intimate partner violence. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. Published online:

  4. Klika, J.B., Maguire-Jack, K., Feely, M., Schneider, W., Pace, G.T., Rostad, W., Murphy, C.A., & Merrick, M.T. (2023). Childcare subsidy enrollment income generosity and child maltreatment. Children, 10(1), 64.

  5. Maguire-Jack, K., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Parmenter, S. (2022). A scoping review of economic supports for working parents: The relationship of TANF, child care subsidy, SNAP, and EITC to child maltreatment. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 65, 101639.