New Practices and Research on Child Protection and Domestic Violence

A newly revised field manual, Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence, is now available. The manual reflects recent practice innovations, the latest research and data, and a greater emphasis on family preservation and in-home services.
 
The comprehensive user manual informs child protective services (CPS) workers, supervisors, and related professionals on multiple issues related to the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence. The newly revised edition reflects the Children’s Bureau commitment to a collaborative and community-based approach to child protection and offers guidance on:
 
–Ensuring the safety of children in incidents of domestic violence
–Ensuring domestic violence survivor safety
–Perpetrator accountability
–Agency response
 
The updated manual also addresses the following practice issues:
–Guidelines for assessing families experiencing domestic violence
–Perpetrators of domestic violence
–Adult survivors and child witnesses
–Complexity of children’s issues and trauma-focused approach
–Safety and wellness for CPS workers
–Building collaborative responses for families experiencing domestic violence