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NCJ Number: 166294 Find in a Library
Title: Model Initiatives Linking Domestic Violence and Child Welfare
Author(s): S Schechter
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
Sale Source: University of Iowa
School of Social Work
North Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper profiles State, local, and national initiatives that link responses to battered women and their children.
Abstract: The programs described meet several criteria; they acknowledge that one of the ways to protect children is to protect their mothers and that helping children is a vital support to mothers; each program also understands that domestic violence powerfully affects children, and it aims to assist families. Three programs are statewide initiatives in Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Michigan. They include a domestic violence unit of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services that has the goal of improving the child protection response to families experiencing domestic violence. The Hawaii Family Stress Center screens families for the risk of domestic violence and identifies those families that need help. The program in Michigan involves the coordination of services for domestic abuse victims and their children. Six programs described involve local initiatives and include a woman's shelter that has services for children of abused women, a program of advocacy for women and children in emergencies, a family violence outreach program, and a family violence and sexual assault unit. The national initiative described involves the development of a national curriculum on domestic violence for family preservation workers. The project's goal is to foster collaboration between the fields of domestic violence and family preservation and to provide training and assessment tools for family preservation workers on the identification and treatment of domestic violence. Program titles, addresses, and telephone and fax numbers are provided.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child protection services; Domestic assault; Interagency cooperation
Note: Prepared for the conference on Domestic Violence and Child Welfare: Integrating Policy and Practice for Families, Racine Wis., June 8-10, 1994.
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