This publication describes portions of what has been learned by researchers, practitioners, and other professionals on how to address the overlap between domestic violence and child maltreatment effectively.
Some of the key area findings include:
- Analyzing available domestic violence data or building capacity to capture domestic violence data;
- Clarifying intake and removal thresholds related to childrenís exposure to domestic violence;
- Developing and implementing domestic violence protocols or practice guidance;
- Expanding or deepening domestic violence training; and
- Ensuring that CPS staff has access to domestic violence specialized expertise.
Connect is a three hour curriculum, Power Point presentation and related tools intended for use in child welfare settings with foster parents, kin caregivers, and adoptive parents with all levels of experience in caring for children who have been exposed to domestic violence, or who may have cause to care for these children in the future. This curriculum and related tools are designed as a basic training session on the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of exposure to domestic violence on children, and strategies for supporting children who have been exposed to violence.
Lessons Learned from the Domestic Violence Community - Web Clips
In 2005, the domestic violence advocates from the six demonstration sites gathered together for a final meeting to discuss the challenges and successes facing each community, share lessons learned over the six years of the initiative, and to receive technical assistance from national experts. During the course of this meeting, the Family Violence Prevention Fund conducted video interviews with five of the demonstration sites to highlight some of the lessons learned and common themes that emerged over the course of the initiative. To watch the Advocates Speak Click Here.
New Publication on Cross System Dialogue
An Effective Strategy to Promote Communication between the Domestic Violence Community, Child Welfare System, and the Courts
by Stacy M. Lowry and Olga Trujillo 2008
New Publications on Domestic Violence Specialized Positions
Reflections from the Field: Considerations for Domestic Violence Specialists
by Shellie Taggart and Lauren Litton 2008
Building Capacity in Child Welfare Systems: Domestic Violence Specialized Positions
by Ann Rosewater 2008
Bringing the Greenbook to Life: a Resource Guide for Communities
by Ann Rosewater and Leigh Goodmark 2008
Steps Toward Safety: Improving Systemic and Community Responses for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence
by Ann Rosewater and Leigh Goodmark 2007
The Greenbook Initiative Final Evaluation Report
The Greenbook national evaluation results are presented in three reports. The Greenbook
Demonstration Initiative: Process Evaluation Report: Phase 1 focused on the planning and goal
setting phase of the Greenbook initiative in the sites. The Greenbook Demonstration Initiative:
Interim Evaluation Report discussed work at the midpoint of the initiative, when the communities
had moved from planning to implementation. This final evaluation report assesses the extent to
which the Greenbook implementation activities facilitated cross-system and within system
change and practice in the child welfare agencies, dependency courts, and domestic violence
service providers. In addition to these evaluation reports, a special issue of the Journal of
Interpersonal Violence will present Greenbook initiative national evaluation findings for a wide
research- and policy-oriented audience (Edleson & Malik, in press). To view the final evaluation Click Here.
We would like to thank Sage Publications who has graciously allowed us to link with their website to provide the following publication:
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Vol. 23 No. 7 July 2008
|Collaborating for Family Safety: Results From the Greenbook Multisite Evaluation
Jeffrey L. Edleson and Neena M. Malik
|Collaborative Efforts to Improve System Response to Families Who Are Experiencing Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence
Duren Banks, Nicole Dutch, and Kathleen Wang
|Changing Policy and Practice in the Child Welfare System Through Collaborative Efforts to Identify and Respond Effectively to Family Violence
Duren Banks, John Landsverk, and Kathleen Wang
|Coordinated Community Response to Family Violence: The Role of Domestic Violence Service Organizations
Neena M. Malik, Kristin Ward, and Colleen Janczewski
|Domestic Violence and Dependency Courts: The Greenbook Demonstration Experience
Neena M. Malik, Jerry Silverman, Kathleen Wang, and Colleen Janczewski
|Crafting the Greenbook: Framers Reflect on the Vision, Process, and Lessons Learned
Colleen Janczewski, Nicole Dutch, and Kathleen Wang
Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Reform:
A Three-Part Teleconference Series
During the Fall of 2007, the Child Welfare League of America, Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges hosted a three-part teleconference series entitled, Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Reform (series). The series included presentations from experienced faculty on critical issues related to the overlap of domestic violence and child maltreatment cases. Topics addressed included lessons learned from the national Greenbook Initiative, emerging research on childhood exposure to violence, and innovative policy and practice. This series was offered at no cost and supported by the Office on Violence Against Women and the Department of Health and Human Services.
I. The Heart Mind and Soul of the Greenbook Initiative
Focused on the real lives of survivors and their children who were involved in the child protection system, data and strategic thinking that was behind the creation of the initiative, and the overall operation of the demonstration sites. Participants benefited from the knowledge and experience from nationally respected experts as they shared the challenges, successes and lessons learned in undertaking such reform efforts.
Presenters: Sharwline Nicholson; Susan Schechter, Leadership Development Fellow; Jeffrey L. Edleson, PhD, Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and Director of the Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse; Ruth Houtte, M.A, Former Project Director of Grafton County, New Hampshire Greenbook Initiative, and currently the District Director for the Department for Children and Families, Family Services Division in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
II. Leadership Development and Effective Strategies to Create Systems Change through Collaboration
Focused on engaging child welfare agencies to take leadership in building collaborative partnerships across systems and how such collaboration can enhance reform efforts around the issue of domestic violence. Presenters shared successes and challenges faced in undertaking such collaboratives and discussed promising strategies to overcome obstacles. Topics discussed included promising leadership strategies, relationship building, addressing racial disproportionality, and organizing communities. Participants heard first hand the perspectives and experiences of child welfare, domestic violence agencies, and the court system on the philosophical and logistical implications of collaboration and coordination to improve services for families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment.
Presenters: Isa Woldeguiorguis, Former Assistant Commissioner for Practice and Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Social Services; Katherine Lucero, Superior Court Judge Santa Clara County; Alisa Del Tufo, Activist and Advocate.
III. Innovative Policy and Practice to Enhance Service Delivery
Focused on providing child welfare agency staff with innovative strategies for increasing safety and accountability for families experiencing domestic violence through policy and practice implementation. Topics included family engagement (mothers, children, and fathers), risk and safety assessment tools, family group meetings, structured decision making tools, service planning, batterer accountability, and meeting the needs of all family members. Participants gained knowledge on how to incorporate new policy and practice into their daily work to improve outcomes for families.
Presenters: Juan Carlos AreŠn, Childrenís Program Manager, Family Violence Prevention Fund; Lonna Davis, Director of the Childrenís Program, The Family Violence Prevention Fund; Liz Roberts, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Family Support Services, NYC Administration for Childrenís Services.
To listen to the audio conferences go here:
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having trouble accessing the audio conference, please email
For more information or to request a copy of this audio series and accompanying materials please email The Family Violence Prevention Fund or call 617-262-5900.