Performance Improvement 2008. How May Communities Better Assess Their Family Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Services?

01/01/2008

A community self assessment tool was developed based on lessons learned by demonstration projects that brought together public and private partners to help domestic violence and child welfare agencies and family courts work together more effectively to help families experiencing domestic violence. The evaluation focused on systems level changes within communities to document both what changes took place and, importantly, how those changes occurred.

An assessment tool was designed for communities that wished to further address co-occurring domestic violence and child maltreatment issues with the families they served. It provided a framework by which communities could perform a self-assessment of their strengths and challenges. It also suggested sources of assistance for communities that wanted to improve services in these areas through interagency collaboration. Areas identified by the evaluation as critical to collaborative progress were covered by the tool and included: systems interactions; practices, policies and protocols; resources; emerging issues; and community strengths and challenges.

Report Title: A Community Self-Assessment Tool: For Agencies Addressing the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment,
Agency Sponsor:
ASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Jerry, Silverman, 202-690-5654
Performer: Family Violence Prevention Fund
PIC ID: 8185.3

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