Children Exposed to Batterer Behavior

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 […]

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 […]

CAPTA, a perpetrator pattern-based approach and domestic violence informed child welfare systems

By David Mandel, MA, LPC In the beginning of May 2014, David Mandel & Associates will be presenting as part of a team at the 19th National Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect in New Orleans.  The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be hosting the […]

Changing a System from the Outside: Thoughts for Domestic Violence Advocates Wanting to Support and Encourage Domestic Violence Proficient Child Welfare Systems

by Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training Director With the growth of co-located child welfare domestic violence advocates across the country, (by one count approximately 25 states have some form of co-located child welfare domestic violence advocates), domestic violence advocates have more day to day direct contact with the child welfare […]

OVW approves the NOLA May 9-10, 2013 Safe and Together™ Model Symposium for some grant programs

David Mandel & Associates is very excited that attending the May 9-10, 2013 Safe and Together™ Model Symposium in New Orleans just became easier for OVW funded grantees.  The following is the message from OVW regarding using OVW funding for attending the Symposium: “Grantees from OVW’s Culturally and Linguistically Specific […]

National Safe and Together™ Model Symposium: Shaping Practice to Effectively Respond to Domestic Violence When Children are Involved May 9-10, 2013, New Orleans, LA.

*Register before March 15, 2013 to save $175 USD on room and conference registration/Register 5 people from your community and get the 6th conference registration free* To register go event page click here. You are invited to join us for a two-day symposium bringing together child welfare professionals, domestic violence […]

New downloadable sample Safe and Together™ Model material added to our website

We just added new downloadable sample Safe and Together™ Model materials to our website. The materials includes information on case planning with perpetrators; identifying survivors strengths; actions perpetrator take to harm children;  the intersection of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues and documentation practice.  To view the material […]

David Mandel invited by Singapore Government to speak at National Family Violence Networking Symposium

David Mandel has been invited by the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) to speak at their National Family Violence Networking Symposium (NFVNS). It is a full-day event which provides an opportunity for professionals and practitioners to discuss policies and practice with […]

The value of Multi-Disciplinary Teams reviewing serious domestic violence cases involving children: One Connecticut’s team’s experience

by David Mandel, MA, LPC In the past three decades, Connecticut, like other states, has struggled to respond effectively to the rise of reported child abuse and neglect cases. To help adequately address the myriad needs of victims and their families, as well as to increase successful investigation and prosecution […]

Good assessment of the perpetrator’s pattern behavior and its impact goes beyond “Did the children see or hear the violence?”

by David Mandel, MA, LPC The Safe and Together™ model’s critical components form the foundation of good assessment practice for domestic violence as a factor in cases involving children.  The first two critical components focus on the perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control and the actions taken to harm the children. […]

New Connecticut Department of Children and Families Commissioner outlines her position on domestic violence

On March 21, 2011,  Connecticut’s new Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz sent out an all staff memo regarding the agency’s approach to domestic violence. In the memo the  former Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, outlined her support for the work of the Department’s domestic violence consultants, the Safe […]

When is it Really Safe? (Part One: Assessing Physical Safety for Children)

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director In a recent training, a child protection worker asked me how we know children are really safe when domestic violence has occurred in the home.  It’s such a simple and yet incredibly important question; unfortunately there is no easy answer. Because […]

Adult Probation has an important role to play in child welfare

by David Mandel Dr. Katreena Scott (recently returned from supporting the implementation of her Caring Dads curriculum in the UK) shared with me a comprehensive UK statutory guide on inter-agency child welfare collaboration.   Browsing the document I was struck by this item: “Probation services supervise offenders with the aim […]

The language of child safety

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director Professionals who work in the domestic violence and child welfare fields use language that others outside these fields may find unusual. Terms such as fatality, safety planning, imminency, order of protection, and many others are common in our conversations but are […]

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10 item checklist about the intersection of domestic violence, substance abuse and mental health issues

by David Mandel, MA, LPC Domestic violence frequently co-occurs with mental health and substance abuse issues.   A batterer may be diagnosed correctly or inappropriately with mental health issues.  A domestic violence survivor may also have a substance abuse problem.  A child who has been exposed to batterer’s behaviors may have […]

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