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UPCOMING: Rethinking Protection: Raising the Bar on Legal Protections for Survivors and Children

Date: Monday, July 1st 2024 from 3:30-5:00 PM EST Registration Link: Flyer Description: The legal structure that undergirds child welfare creates challenges to the safety and well-being of survivors of domestic violence and their children. Mandatory reporting creates a vast surveillance system of low-income children and families, who are disproportionately Black and Indigenous due to […]

Rethinking Protection: Alternatives to Mandatory Reporting for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Their Children

Many survivors of domestic violence (DV) report that they feel judged, blamed, and unsupported by caseworkers within child welfare, and that their abusive partners are not held accountable for the harm they cause to children. In multiple states, children’s exposure to DV is routinely reported to a child welfare agency, whether or not it is […]

Supporting Families Impacted by Domestic Violence: Opportunities to Partner with Families to Promote Family Violence Prevention Programs and Services

An informational memorandum issued by DHHS – Administration on Children, Youth and Families focuses on increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of domestic violence on children, youth, and families, to highlight effective strategies to support families impacted by domestic violence, and encourage titles IV-E and IV-B agencies to enhance partnerships with Family Violence Prevention […]

Rethinking Protection: Keeping Domestic Violence Survivors Out of Child Welfare

RECORDING HERE: Description: In many states, mandated reporters are trained to report any and all concerns about a child’s exposure to domestic violence (DV) to the child protection system. Even in states where reporters have somewhat more discretion, child protection systems accept large numbers of DV-related child maltreatment reports that reflect and exacerbate racial […]

Rethinking Protection: Innovating to Advance Safety, Well-being, and Justice

Date: February 14, 2024, 3 – 4 pm ET RECORDING HERE – FLYER Description: Child welfare system responses to families experiencing domestic violence (DV) and child maltreatment are based largely on the premise that children need to be rescued from the parent(s) who have “failed to protect” them. This understanding of the problem justifies […]

Nicholson's Four Factors for Judicial Consideration in Cases Involving Domestic Violence and Children

Nicholson et al v. Scoppetta et al, a class action lawsuit against the Administration for Children and Families in NYC, established criteria for removing children from the care of their survivor parent. In this report, we analyze appellate cases through the lens of Nicholson. Survivor analysis and commentary is provided.

Documentary: Undettered (by Women Transforming Families)

A coalition Women Transforming Families (WTF): Rising to End Violence, Oppression and the Legacy of Trauma came together to create a documentary provides a real-life glimpse into their lives and experiences as they focus on increasing awareness of system and community practices that contribute to disparate and disproportional surveillance rates and removal of Black, Native […]

Rethinking Protection: A New Angle on Accountability

In order to advance safety and well-being for children and their families, we must rethink what protection from domestic violence (DV) means and what accountability for harm looks like in practice. This critical conversation explored strategies for promoting healthy and transformative accountability at individual, interpersonal, community, and systemic levels. VIEW RECORDING HERE

Practice Tips on Pathways to Accountability

Download this series of tip sheets to begin implementing Pathways to Accountability in practice by utilizing both relational and systemic strategies. VIEW ALL TIP SHEETS VIEW INDIVIDUAL TIP SHEETS Overview of Relational & Systemic Accountability Building Relational and Systemic Accountability Ensuring Safety Relational Accountability Systemic Accountability  

Practice Tips on Protective Factors and Pathways to Healing

Download this series of tip sheets to begin implementing Pathways to Healing in your work by building protective factors with survivors of domestic violence. VIEW ALL TIP SHEETS VIEW INDIVIDUAL TIP SHEETS BELOW Overview of Protective Factors Importance of Protective Factors Building the 5 Protective Factors Safer and More Stable Conditions Social, Cultural, and Spiritual […]