Editors explain their view on the intersection of commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and domestic violence.

Author Biography

Emily F. Rothman, ScD is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health with a secondary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is a former domestic violence shelter advocate and batterer intervention counselor, and now conducts research on the etiology and prevention of interpersonal violence. Megan H Bair-Merritt, MD, MSCE is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr Bair-Merritt has developed a nationally-recognized and respected portfolio of epidemiological research in three inter-related areas: screening for IPV in the pediatric setting; the impact of IPV on children’s physical health and health care use; and the impact of early childhood home visitation on IPV. Dr Bair-Merritt completed her residency training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and received her Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has published extensively in the peer reviewed literature, with articles predominantly focused on IPV and child health. Dr Bair-Merritt has funded her work through institutional and federal grants. Dr Bair-Merritt’s published work has been cited in critical policy pieces and clinical guidelines including the Institute of Medicine’s recent consensus report “Clinical Preventive Services for Women: Closing the Gaps,” the upcoming World Health Organization’s “Guidelines for Prevention and Clinical Intervention for Female Survivors of IPV”, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAPs) guidelines on IPV screening in the pediatric setting. She has been invited, based on her expertise, to present across the country and to have leadership roles in select violence-related committees and organizations. Dr Bair-Merritt’s long-term career goal is to lead multidisciplinary efforts to improve the health of children exposed to IPV. Michele R. Decker, ScD, MPH is Associate Professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also directs the Women's Health and Rights Program of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights. She is trained as a social epidemiologist and behavioral scientist, with expertise in gender-based violence and women's health. She brings over a decade of research and programmatic experience in gender-based violence prevention, intervention and health impact and broader domains of gender equity, women's empowerment and women's rights. This work spans both general populations and highly marginalized groups including those involved in sex trade, trafficking or sexual exploitation. Her work includes the development and evaluation of clinic-based interventions to reduce violence and mitigate its health impact among family planning patients and high-risk women, a community-based model to support survivors at the Thai-Burma border, as well as primary prevention interventions to promote equitable gender norms and reduce violence perpetration. She serves as an advisor to WHO, UNFPA, USAID, Futures Without Violence, and the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence on these topics.