“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 […]

Multiple Pathways from Domestic Violence Perpetrator’s Behavior to Harm to Children

In this new video clip, David Mandel talks about the importance of a wider assessment framework for the intersection of domestic violence perpetrator behavior and harm to children, and how this wider perspective brings our work into greater alignment with the experiences of adult and child survivors of domestic violence. […]

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research videos

In November 2013 the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research hosted David Mandel for a series of trainings in Mackay and Brisbane Australia. Along with these trainings, David presented a research seminar and participated in a discussion about the Safe and Together model with Heather Nancarrow, the Director of the Centre […]

Ohio reports shows evidence of Safe and Together model efficacy in changing child welfare practice

In Ohio, the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy (NCALP), the Healthpath Foundation of Ohio and ODJFS  collaborated to conduct  a third party evaluation of the Safe and Together trainings in Ohio including the certified trainer model being used to extend Safe and Together training to all 88 Ohio counties. The evaluators, Sheri Chaney Jones and Kenneth […]

OVW grantees have been approved for the 2nd National Safe and Together Model Symposium

David Mandel & Associates is happy to announce that certain OVW grantees have been approved to attend the 2nd National Safe and Together Model Symposium in Seattle Washington October 22-24, 2014. “Grantees from OVW’s Consolidated Youth, Rural, Transitional Housing, and Youth Grant Programs have been conditionally approved to attend this […]

Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute Participant Shares Changes in Practice

The feedback we have received from Advocacy Institute participants in Florida has been overwhelmingly positive, and in many ways has even exceeded our expectations. Many of the participants have indicated an increase in their confidence in working with child welfare and voiced increased skills in working with child welfare-involved clients. […]

Patterns Matter

By Kristen Selleck, National Training Directors Recently at a training with a group of child welfare workers, administrators, supervisors and domestic violence advocates, the importance of perpetrators’ patterns of behaviors was clearly demonstrated in a practical and useable manner for child welfare work. A child protection investigator talked about a […]

Right and Wrong

By Kristen Selleck, MSW, National Training Director How many of us have had a conversation with a school age child about right and wrong? The conversation may have included proclamations such as “that’s not fair,” or “because I said so.” These conversations are often an opportunity for children to learn […]