CT DCF Domestic Violence Consultation Initiative

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 […]

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 […]

CT Appellate Court cites Safe and Together model in sustaining termination of parental rights of domestic violence perpetrator

by David Mandel In re: Jaime S. was an opinion issued by the Connecticut Appellate Court on April 27, 2010 regarding the termination of parental rights of a father on the grounds of abandonment. The mother had petitioned to terminate the parental rights of the father in Probate Court. The […]

Domestic violence training for supervisors produces some positive results

by David Mandel “In child welfare cases involving domestic violence, supervision plays a critical role in determining the quality and consistency of case practice.   The expectations of supervisors and managers, as expressed through their questions and directives, determine workers’ priorities and areas of focus. Supervisors and managers make the critical […]

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