Addressing Domestic Violence, Child Safety and Well-being: Collaborative Strategies for California Families

This report is designed to identify the progress that has been achieved in California over the past decade and make policy recommendations for the state that will not only improve responses to the families affected by domestic violence but begin to put in place strategies for prevention.

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Addressing Domestic Violence, Child Safety and Well-being: Collaborative Strategies for California Families by Anne Rosewater & Kathy Moore, California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Well-being (December 2010)

Excerpt: “More than ten years ago, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) issued a pioneering set of guidelines: Effective Interventions in Cases of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment (often referred to as the “Greenbook”). The guidelines made recommendations for practice and policy change to three major systems: public child welfare, domestic violence services and dependency courts. Since that time, several communities across the nation, including three in California (San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), worked intensively to apply the guidelines. Others may be aware of the concepts and may have instituted some changes but may have been less systematic in considering strategies to help these families.
This report is designed to identify the progress that has been achieved in California over the past decade and make policy recommendations for the state that will not only improve responses to the families affected by domestic violence but begin to put in place strategies for prevention. The report makes a comprehensive set of recommendations.”

Recommendations include:

  • Articulate Key Principles
  • Promote the State Interagency Team on Children and Families’ Leadership Role in Addressing Domestic Violence and Its Effects on Children
  • SIT Agencies Should Foster Multi-disciplinary Collaboration
  • Augment and Expand Professional Development Across Sectors
  • Strengthen Screening and Assessment to Better Account for the Risks and Needs of Both Adult Victims/Survivors and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Strengthen Dependency Courts’ Capacity to Protect Adult Victims/Survivors and Abused Children and Children Exposed to Violence
  • Enhance the Capacity of Domestic Violence Service Providers
  • Expand Community-based and Specialized Services
  • Enhance Attention on Perpetrators’ Accountability and Behavioral Change
  • Deepen Support for Teens by Clarifying Mandates and Ensuring that Every County Has Appropriate Teen Services
  • Increase Focus on Prevention
  • Develop More Useful Sources of Data and Information to Improve Policy and Practice and Pursue Additional Research

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