Domestic Violence Survivors

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 […]

Florida co-located advocates, Florida DCF and Safe and Together model combine to reduce removal of children from domestic violence survivors in half

David Mandel & Associates has been collaborating with both the Florida Coalition for Domestic Violence (FCADV) and the Florida Department of Children and Families for the past seven years. In the last few years, much of this work has focused on supporting FCADV funded co-located domestic violence advocates as part […]

New video on how child welfare can build stronger partnerships with domestic violence survivors

David Mandel demonstrating and discussing two different approaches to building stronger child welfare partnerships with domestic violence survivors. The clip highlights how, in domestic violence informed child welfare practice, learning about the survivor’s efforts to promote the safety and well being of the children (the 3rd Critical Component) is central […]

Safe and Together™ Model and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative Training for Home Visitors

In recent years, David Mandel & Associates has begun applying its Safe and Together model and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative to working with home visiting agencies in their efforts to support at-risk and vulnerable families. Home visitors have a unique in-home role working with families to prevent child maltreatment and strengthen […]

Free Pass for Survivors?

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training Director I’ve been asked in various ways in different places recently a question that boils down to this: Does the Safe and Together ™ Model mean that survivors of domestic violence get a free pass in child welfare? I believe the question is grounded […]

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. […]

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence publishes report citing Safe and Together™ model

In January 2011, the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence published a report entitled Supporting Battered Mothers Protects Children: Reducing the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. The report was created at the request of the Chairman of the Missouri Children’s Services Commission, Representative Jeff Grisamore.  As it indicates […]

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 Failure to Protect Fails to Protect Children

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director I recently had a conversation with child protection investigators about their use of “failure to protect.” When I suggested that failure to protect was not helpful to child welfare’s mission, some of the workers agreed and some disagreed. It led to […]

Replace “Minimizing” with Assessments Beneficial to Child Safety

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director Child welfare workers regularly state that one of their frustrations with having domestic violence cases is that survivors “minimize.” It’s been my experience, however, that when those cases are described to me, workers often have actually learned quite a lot of […]

Victim Blaming isn’t the Issue

By Kristen Selleck, MSW National Training and Consultation Director In recent trainings, several participants from both child welfare and domestic violence agencies discussed the issue of blaming the victim. Several advocates talked about their dislike of child welfare workers’ practice of blaming victims for perpetrators’ behaviors. Several child welfare workers […]

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One dimensional view of domestic violence perpetrators can harm survivors

David Mandel, MA, LPC It’s difficult not to demonize domestic violence perpetrators.   If you listen to domestic violence survivors describe their abuse, see their injuries, read police reports of violence and abuse, or  even read news reports of  extreme abuse, it’s very human to  be horrified. It’s also very human […]