Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 289–297 | Cite as

Experiences of Domestic Violence as a Child and Career Choice

  • Ruth Triplett
  • George Higgins
  • Brian K. Payne


Moving past descriptions of the amount and nature of domestic violence, researchers in the area of childhood violence now explore a variety of outcomes of experiences of domestic violence as a child. This includes the effects on various outcomes in adulthood though little research so far has explored career choice. In the current study, we examine whether experiencing domestic violence as a child increases the chance that an individual will choose a human services profession as a career and if individuals in the human services professions who report experiences of domestic violence as a child have lower rates of being a victim of domestic violence as adults than those who do not. The findings suggest that experiences of violence as a child do not significantly affect the choice of human services as a career. Those who choose human services as a career, however, are less likely to experience domestic violence as an adult.


Witnessing violence Consequences in adulthood Trauma exposure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Triplett
    • 1
  • George Higgins
    • 2
  • Brian K. Payne
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal JusticeOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Justice AdministrationUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Criminal Justice and CriminologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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