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NCJ Number: 230078 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring Factors Which Lead to Successful Reunification in Domestic Violence Cases: Interviews with Caseworkers
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:April 2010  Pages:297-310
Author(s): Mary Ann Cole; Sandra L. Caron
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 14
Document: PDF
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored variables which might influence a family's ability for successful reunification with their children in cases involving domestic violence.
Abstract: This exploratory study investigated factors that Child Protective Service caseworkers believe lead to change for the domestic violence abuser and victim, and ultimately lead to success in terms of reunifying children who have been removed from their parents due to domestic violence. In-depth interviews with six caseworkers examined both successful reunification cases and unsuccessful reunification cases. The interview was structured around three areas of interest: services, the caseworker's relationship with the parents, and social supports, in order to identify variables that may influence the family's ability (or inability) to make the necessary changes for reunification with their children. Results revealed that successful reunifications took place within the families who fully engaged in services, admitted the issues within the family home, set clear boundaries with each other, and sought and maintained an appropriate support system. Implications for caseworkers involved with families experiencing domestic violence, as well as directions for future research, are discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abusing parents; Child abuse; Child abuse situation remedies; Family counseling; Family crisis intervention units; Family reunification; Family support; Home environment; Intervention; Social work advocacy; Social worker casework; Welfare services
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