July, 2016

Is “Risk of Harm” Jargon That Obscures More Than It Helps?

by David Mandel, MA, LPC In the course of my work I often come across the term “risk of harm” to describe the child safety and wellbeing concerns related to domestic violence. Sometimes this references potential vulnerability, e.g. the infant in the crib was at “risk of harm” when father threw the […]

A Domestic Violence-Informed Warning About Strengths-Based Child Welfare Work with Perpetrators

by David Mandel, MA, LPC “…there is a real and likely danger that “positives” will lead to child protection and others being manipulated into supporting the perpetrator’s coercive control over the family and/or the degradation of the partnership potential with the survivor because the reality of his violence and its […]