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 FACULTY BLOG: “What are you afraid of?” Owning our fears as a step toward partnering with adult survivors

by Beth Ann Morhardt As a Safe and Together Trainer and former child welfare Domestic Violence Consultant, I have consistently focused on self-care as an integral piece of domestic violence-informed case practice. When working with families to improve the lives of children we are often confronted with extraordinary pain and […]

Orlando 2016 Symposium is happening as planned!!

We are pleased to announce the Safe & Together Symposium will occur as scheduled!! Thankfully, Orlando stayed strong throughout the storm and has experienced very few disruptions. The Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek reports they are in excellent shape and ready for us! For those flying to the event, service in […]

A Safe and Together Model “Elevator Speech”

by David Mandel Recently one of our sites, which is engaged in statewide, multi-year domestic violence systems change, asked me to provide them with a Safe and Together Model “elevator speech.” As they ramped up their implementation of the Model, leadership was getting more questions from their partners like “What is the Safe […]

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 […]

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 Sonia.Tillman@jfs.ohio.gov 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 […]