Intimate partner violence and/or family violence (IPV/FV) has harmful impacts on children, families, and communities. Even if children are not directly harmed, IPV/FV can contribute to behavioral, social, and emotional challenges.
The prevalence of IPV/FV is disproportionately higher for women than men and for men and women who are non-Hispanic multiracial, American Indian/Alaska Native, and non-Hispanic Black compared with other populations People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer are more likely to experience IPV than heterosexual individuals.
Child welfare and IPV/FV services should be interconnected to safeguard families. Prevention and early intervention efforts should be the focus, and services should be culturally responsive and easily and equitably accessible.
Collaboration among child welfare and related professionals can help children and families heal from IPV/FV. Child welfare and related professionals should engage with offending parents in a nonjudgmental, strengths-based way.
Balancing the safety of their children while maintaining family continuity is complex for parents. Continual, culturally sensitive assessment for IPV/FV is crucial to safety, permanency, and well-being. As families make decisions about safety and service needs, caseworkers should partner with them to enhance safety and establish support networks.
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Domestic Violence: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals
Find information on the overlap between domestic violence and child welfare, learn about the impact of domestic violence on child witnesses and families, and explore the trend toward a more collaborative, communitywide response to the issue.
The Importance of a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
Learn about the importance of cultivating a child welfare system that recognizes and responds appropriately to trauma. The brief concludes by highlighting how cross-system collaborations can help to promote trauma-informed child welfare practice.
Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare Professional Series
Find information through a series of tip sheets that supports caseworkers responding to families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment.
Child Welfare and Domestic Violence: The Report on Intersection and Action
Learn about a report that shows responding to domestic violence by removing children from their homes and placing them in foster can create further trauma for all family members.
Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare
Find information on strategies that enhance the effectiveness of child welfare agencies, and their partners working with families experiencing domestic violence and are involved in the child welfare system.
What Is Child Welfare? A Guide for Domestic Violence Services Advocates
Read an overview of basic child welfare services and how domestic violence services advocates and child welfare professionals can support one another's efforts in working with families. The publication also presents resources for more information.