Family Team Meetings, Perpetrator Pattern-Based Approach and the Safe and Together™ Model

This post originally appeared as an article in the April 2016 Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Differential Response Newsletter (attached to the bottom of this post). To learn more about Ohio’s Differential Response contact Sonia Tillman at By David Mandel, David Mandel & Associates Family Team Meetings […]

Perpetrator Pattern-Based Approach Training in Hong Kong

Two weeks ago, Hong Kong’s leading social services agency, Po Leung Kuk, hosted a two-day perpetrator pattern-based approach training with David Mandel. The event, which was planned in conjunction with the University of Hong Kong’s Dr. Anna Choi, focused on the application of the Safe and Together Model in the […]

Ground-Breaking New Zealand Family Violence Death Report Highlights the Safe and Together™ Model as an Example of Change

The New Zealand government has just published a ground-breaking family violence death review. While many government reports focus on a list of recommendations, this report contains no recommendations. Instead it is a call for shifting the thinking underlying the work or as the report says “changing the narrative about family […]

Video Clip from the 3rd National Safe and Together Model Symposium: David Mandel Plenary Session

Video Clip from the 3rd National Safe and Together Model Symposium: Plenary Session In this short clip from one of the plenary sessions, David Mandel describes common problems in how the issue of domestic violence is framed in the child welfare setting. View clips from 2nd National Safe and Together […]

Toward domestic violence-informed child welfare agency policy

by David Mandel When David Mandel & Associates works with agencies and systems to become more domestic violence-informed, they cover a range of organizational issues including policy. These efforts are guided by our Domestic Violence-Informed Continuum of Practice, aspects of which are referenced here. While the policy issues will vary […]

The Invisibility of the Domestic Violence Perpetrator as Parent

by David Mandel One could argue that the child welfare system, the domestic violence movement, and the academic and clinical fields of family violence and child abuse are still struggling to define the intersection of domestic violence and the lives of children. This conversation often has been focused on defining, […]

Creating successful child welfare domestic violence specialist positions

We often recommend that child welfare systems seeking to become domestic violence-informed, consider the creation of some sort of domestic violence specialist position. A child welfare domestic violence specialist provides domestic violence expertise to support good child welfare case practice in domestic violence cases. Their activities can range from in-office […]

“Nobody owns the domestic violence perpetrator”

In a recent two day Safe and Together multi-disciplinary training in New Orleans (organized by the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center), one of the participants identified that a major barrier to improving systems’ response to domestic violence perpetrators as parents is that “nobody owns the domestic violence perpetrator.” That phrase […]

Safe & Together Model Video Featured in Australian National Child Protection Week

Centacare Catholic Family Services (South Australia) launched their National Child Protection Week (Sept 6-12) events around the theme of domestic violence perpetration is a parenting choice. The kickoff event, whose theme was inspired by David Mandel’s April 2015 two-day Safe and Together training for Centacare staff, was keynoted by 11 […]

Definitions and key markers associated with Domestic Violence-Informed practice

The more perpetrator pattern focused a system becomes, the more likely it is to move toward domestic violence competency and proficiency. What is the definition of a perpetrator pattern-based approach? The definition of a perpetrator pattern-based approach is policy and practice that 1) approaches the issue of domestic violence and children through […]

Excerpts from the upcoming book “Creating Domestic Violence-Informed Child Welfare Systems” by David Mandel

David Mandel is currently working on a book “Creating Domestic Violence-Informed Child Welfare Systems”(working title). The book will contain more on the Continuum of Domestic Violence Practice, further defining the range of practice from “domestic violence destructive” to “domestic violence proficient.” It will also describe in detail how a perpetrator […]

The Safe and Together™ model and Alternative Response: The Intersectionality of Perpetrator’s Patterns and Substance Use

By David Mandel, MA, LPC Domestic violence and substance abuse co-occur in both the alternative response and traditional response pathways. Despite this day-to-day contact many in the child welfare system have with families experiencing both domestic violence and substance abuse, the understanding of the intersectionality of these issues is still […]

David Mandel keynote at AZ Strong Families Alliance Home Visitors Conference September 2014


New video clip on the Continuum of Domestic Violence Practice (CODVP)

In this clip from a recent webinar, David Mandel talks about the Continuum of Domestic Violence Practice (CODVP). CODVP is a framework for analyzing child welfare systems practice and policy in cases involving domestic violence and for creating domestic violence informed child welfare systems. The CODVP provides the foundation for […]

Are we measuring safety or hope when we measure protective capacities?

by Kristen Selleck, MSW, National Training Director I’ve been reading a lot about protective efforts and how we assess domestic violence survivors’ capacity for protecting their children. Different assessment tools look at different things, such as “Does the victim recognize threats?” or “Is the victim willing to make plans to […]