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Let’s Be Real: The Urgent Need for Change in Child Welfare, Courts, and DV Programs


Isa Woldeguiorguis
Center for Hope and Healing
Bryan Samuels
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Vickie Smith
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Hon. David Spurgeon
Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Karen Tronsgard-Scott
Vermont Network Against Sexual and Domestic Violence
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March 2, 2021


Racial and Gender Equity
Overlap of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
Systems Change

Following the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, this country’s history of racial oppression became the topic of a national conversation that was long overdue. Early in 2021, child welfare and domestic violence leaders convened to call for a racial reckoning within both the domestic violence field and child welfare systems that cause disproportionate harm to Black, Indigenous and other survivors and families of color.