Safe and Together Model

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 […]

Battered Women’s Justice Project offers January 2013 webinar on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence with David Mandel

As part of its 2013 Webinar Series on “Researcher-Practitioner Discourse on Initiatives to End Violence Against Women,” the Battered Women’s Justice Project is offering a January 14 2013 3:00- 4:30 pm (Eastern time) webinar on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence with David Mandel, MA, LPC and Gabrielle Davis, J. D. who is an […]

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 appears on Good Morning Singapore to help promote family violence awareness

On November 16, 2012 David Mandel appeared for a 12 minute interview on Good Morning Singapore as part of the effort by the Singaporean Ministry of Social and Family Development to promote family violence awareness. The interview was part of a week long public education campaign organized in conjunction with […]

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 […]

Safe and Together™ model video adds to launch of David Mandel & Associates Facebook page

David Mandel & Associates LLC recently launched a Facebook page to increase communication about the Safe and Together™ model and its other work with its clients and others interested in improving the safety and well-being of families.  As it grows the David Mandel & Associates’ Facebook page will have information about […]

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. […]

NCALP Update: Ohio Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative statewide expansion well underway

by Jenifer S. Thompson Staff Attorney National Center for Adoption Law & Policy at Capital University Law School Statewide expansion of the Ohio Intimate Partner Violence Collaborative (OIPVC), featuring training in the Safe and Together model of child welfare response to domestic violence,  is well underway.  Expansion is a two […]

Safe and Together Differential Response Presentations at November 2011 American Humane Association National Conference

At a time when interest in how to respond to domestic violence under Differential Response grows, David Mandel & Associates will be presenting at the American Humane Association conference on Differential Response in Chicago from November 8-10 2011.  David Mandel and National Training Director Kristen Selleck will be leading a […]

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 […]

American Humane Association 2011 Differential Response Webinar Series Highlights Safe and Together Model

On April 21st 2011 at 3 pm EDT the American Humane Association’s Differential Response Webinar Series will highlight the integration of the Safe and Together model into Ohio’s Alternative Response efforts.  To learn more about this particular session entitled “A Family Intact: An Alternative Response to Domestic Violence” and the […]

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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