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Responding to Domestic Violence

Families in which both children and a parent are being harmed need assistance from both child welfare and domestic violence services to ensure safety for children and their caregivers. Also on this page, State and local examples.

Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence.

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User Manual Series (2003)


Office on Child Abuse and Neglect., Caliber Associates.


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2003 - 108 pages

Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that affects every segment of the population. While system responses are primarily targeted towards adult victims of abuse, increasing attention is now focused on the children who witness domestic violence. Studies estimate that 10 to 20 percent of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence. Research also indicates children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk of being abused or neglected, and that a majority of studies reveal there are adult and child victims in 30 to 60 percent of families who experience domestic violence. This manual provides background ...

Steps Toward Safety: Improving Systemic and Community Based Responses for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence (PDF - 1670 KB)
Family Violence Prevention Fund (2007)
Identifies common components and promising practices of child- and family-serving agencies addressing the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Includes suggestions for improving collaboration among agencies and increasing community responsibility for supporting families.

Accountability and Connection With Abusive Men: A New Child Protection Response to Increasing Family Safety (PDF - 703 KB)
Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Domestic Violence Unit, Family Violence Prevention Fund (2004)
Describes strategies for interviewing and working with abusers. A system for assessing danger and risk for the social worker and nonabusive parent is discussed.

Advocacy Matters: Helping Mothers and Their Children Involved With the Child Protection System (PDF - 448 KB)
Family Violence Prevention Fund (2003)
Underscores the importance of the advocate's work; provides tips on how to improve practice and better understand women's situations to help them be safe and self-sufficient.

Assessment of Intimate Partner Violence by Child Welfare Services
Hazen, Connelly, Edleson, Kelleher, Landverk, & Coben, et al.
Children and Youth Services Review, 29(4), 2007
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Describes policy and practice with respect to the assessment of intimate partner violence in a national sample of child welfare agencies and to examine the relationship of contextual characteristics and assessment practices.

Child Welfare as a Gateway to Domestic Violence Services
Kohl, Barth, & Hazen
Children and Youth Services Review, 27(11), 2005
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Uses data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being to examine the identification of domestic violence by child welfare workers during investigations of maltreatment and to determine how this contributes to the receipt of services.

Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice. Recommendations from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Violence Department (PDF - 965 KB)
Schechter & Edleson (1999)
The Greenbook (common name for the guidelines) provides communities with a framework to develop interventions and measure progress as they seek to improve their responses.

Family/Domestic Violence

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Related Organizations List


Child Welfare Information Gateway


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2008 - 0 pages

This resource list provides the addresses and phone numbers of organizations that serve victims of family violence, professionals, and researchers. Each entry includes a brief description of the function of the organization.

Domestic Violence Resource Network (D.V.R.N.)
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HHS)
Strives to strengthen the existing support systems serving battered women, their children, and other victims.

The Greenbook Demonstration Initiative: Interim Evaluation Report (PDF - 2427 KB)
Greenbook National Evaluation Team (2004)
Describes the midpoint results of a national evaluation that examines the collaboration between child welfare agencies, domestic violence service providers, and dependency courts in cases involving the co-occurrence of child abuse and domestic violence. Includes baseline outcome evaluation findings, technical assistance, activities planned and implemented, and lessons learned.

Handbook of Domestic Violence Intervention Strategies: Policies, Programs, and Legal Remedies
Rutgers University (2002)
Examines promising and effective policies, programs, intervention strategies, and legal remedies.

Learning from the Experiences of Battered Immigrant, Refugee and Indigenous Women Involved with Child Protective Services to Inform a Dialogue Among Domestic Violence Activists and Advocates (PDF - 1349 KB)
Asian and Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence (2003)
Examined experiences to learn how to be more responsive to families. Includes recommendations.

Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence in the Child Welfare Context: Where Do You Start?
ABA Child Law Practice, 21(7), 2002
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Provides an overview for parents affected by domestic violence, and outlines recommendations for treating battered women and their abusers to achieve goals for family preservation.

Theoretical Framework for Thinking About Batterers and Child Protection
Non-Violence Alliance (2006)
Poses a series of questions to reconsider and reconceptualize the current thinking and practices in child welfare when working with batterers who are both a caretaker of the children and the person exposing them to violence and abuse.

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State and local examples

Child Welfare Services With Families Experiencing Family Violence (PDF - 4220 KB)
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (2007)
Participant guide for a training focusing on incorporating knowledge of the co-occurrence of family violence and child abuse into practical application when working with families.

Guidelines on the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment (PDF - 554 KB)
Safe from the Start (2004)
Recommendations derived from a collaborative effort of professionals and community leaders in Johnson County, Kansas, to better address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Provides guiding principles for integrating services and presents a framework for responders.

Guidelines for Responding to Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence (PDF - 4634 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services (2002)
Guidelines to child protection staff for screening, assessment, and services.

Model Protocol for Advocates Working With Battered Women Involved in the Child Protection System (PDF - 555 KB)
Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2003)
Describes the problems faced in maintaining custody of children when they are involved in the system. Presents a model protocol for advocates.

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Related Information Gateway Topics

Child abuse & neglect: Domestic violence
Systemwide: Domestic violence services




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