Studies show a significant relationship between domestic violence and child maltreatment. Research also shows that being exposed to domestic violence without being maltreated still places children at higher risk for various issues, including certain behavioral, social, emotional, and cognitive problems. Reunification in families affected by domestic violence can be complicated by safety issues for other members of the family, and child welfare professionals should be aware of these issues and the effects of domestic violence as they work with affected families.
Domestic Violence Practice Guide for Child Protective Services Colorado Department of Human Services (PDF - 975 KB)
Colorado Department of Human Services (2013)
Provides guidance for Colorado child protective services staff on cases that involve domestic violence, including factors to consider when exploring reunification.
Exploring Factors Which Lead to Successful Reunification in Domestic Violence Cases: Interviews With Caseworkers
Cole & Caron (2010)
Journal of Family Violence, 25(3)
Investigates child protective service caseworkers' beliefs about factors that lead to change for the domestic violence abuser and victim and to success in reuniting children who have been removed from their parents due to domestic violence.
Going Home: Managing ‘Risk’ Through Relationships in Returning Children from Foster Care to Their Families of Origin
Qualitative Social Work
Outlines how workers and clients in child protection manage the return home process using Signs of Safety in building safety for reunification. The article draws on a qualitative study that interviewed workers and clients within a child protection agency in New Zealand.