Performance Improvement 2008. How Can Domestic Violence Treatment and Prevention Providers More Effectively Help Battered Mothers in the Child Welfare System?

01/01/2008

The complex issues of mission, confidentiality, and service delivery methods that arise, when differing programs collaborate on behalf of their clients, were studied in the context of a longstanding collaborative effort known as the Greenbook Initiative. The initiative brought together public and private partners at the Federal, State, and local levels to help domestic violence and child welfare agencies and family courts work together more effectively to help families experiencing domestic violence. From 2000 to 2007, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice funded six demonstration sites across the country to improve services through collaborative programming. Process and outcome evaluations were conducted to capture lessons learned through these demonstrations. The evaluations focused on systems level changes within communities to document both what changes took place and, importantly, how those changes occurred. Study findings emphasized the roles of domestic violence service providers in addressing domestic violence and child protection jointly, and identified critical activities that enhance effectiveness.

Researchers developed descriptions of strategies, including: (1) creating safe spaces for mothers to talk; (2) defining the roles and the actions particular players can take; (3) developing relations with child welfare caseworkers; (4) knowing local laws, policies and procedures governing intervention with families; and (5) increasing the accessibility of program.

Report Title: Advocacy Matters: Helping Mothers and Their Children Involved with the Child Protection System, http://www.endabuse.org/programs/children/files/Advocacy.pdf
Agency Sponsor:
ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact:
Jerry, Silverman, 202-690-5654
Performer: Family Violence Prevention Fund
PIC ID: 8185.2

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