This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Part IV: Breaking the Cycle of Violence
As noted in the first chapter, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) was an early advocate for specialized courts to deal with violence in families. From its inception, the council saw the link between child maltreatment and future delinquency. In 1993 the NCCD created the Children's Research Center (CRC) to focus its work on reforming the nation's child welfare system. Today that work takes us into 22 states and Australia.
Cathy Spatz Widom (1992)1 coined the phrase “the cycle of violence” to describe the pattern of children who were victims or witnesses to violence in their homes that went on to be violent offenders themselves. Many longitudinal studies of chronic offenders have documented this tragic ...