Domestic Violence-Informed E-Learning

Free Archived Webinars

Safe and Together™ Model Overview

Domestic violence cases are often extremely challenging and concerning for child welfare systems and other professionals interested in the safety and well being of children. As child welfare systems seek to become more domestic violence informed, the Safe and Together model offers a field tested, innovative, comprehensive, promising practice child centered approach to domestic violence cases that involve children.  Based on our work in more than 11 states and various countries, this introduction will provide an overview of the model assumptions, principles, critical components and key practice skills. Using successful case examples from practitioner, agency and community implementation, the trainers will discuss how the model impacts child welfare policy and practice, and outcomes for families including emerging data.

Viewers will:

  • Gain an understanding of the model’s principles and critical components
  • Hear about other states who have implemented the model
  • Learn to conduct a thorough assessment through the lens of the model
  • Explore how the model can enhance safety plans and case plan


An Overview of the Continuum of Domestic Violence Practice (CODVP) and the Domestic Violence-Informed Child Welfare System

Child welfare system policies and practices can range from “domestic violence destructive” to “domestic violence proficient.” At one end of the spectrum, the system, through its actions, actually increases harm to domestic violence survivors and their children. At the other end of the spectrum are systems that focus on perpetrators, not survivors, as the source of the risk and safety concerns; partner effectively with adult survivors and their advocates to increase the safety and well being of children and institutionalize domestic violence informed child welfare practice in its training, new initiatives, service provision, quality assurance and court practices. Inspired by earlier work on cultural competent and trauma informed systems, the Continuum of Domestic Violence Practice (CODVP) framework is a useful tool for child welfare systems and their communities to evaluate their own work and to envision meaningful, systemic change that focuses on child safety and well being. This training will give an overview of the history of child welfare policy and practice in domestic violence cases, discuss key issues related to creating domestic violence informed child welfare systems, introduce the continuum of practice framework and offer the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own systems and practices.

Viewers will:

  • Learn about the new strength-based framework for analyzing domestic violence case practice
  • Address the various levels of system competency, from ‘DV Destructive’ through ‘DV Competent and Proficient’
  • Identify policies and practices in their own institution on the continuum
  • Discuss strategies to shift case practice to the next level toward “Domestic Violence Proficient”


Introduction to the Safe and Together Model for Domestic Violence Advocates Co-Located with Child Welfare

Across the country, domestic violence advocates are more and more becoming part of the effort to respond to domestic violence cases involving children and many have been co-located directly within the child welfare system. These collaborations have the potential for not only improving outcomes for individual families, but for transforming the relationship between domestic violence and child welfare agencies.  Based on work in New York, New Jersey, Oregon, Florida and other locations, this webinar will examine how a perpetrator pattern-based, child-centered, survivor strength based approach can support co-located efforts. The webinar will examine advocacy practices with child welfare involved domestic violence survivors. It will also address helping child welfare remain focused on the domestic violence perpetrator, not the adult survivor, as the source of the domestic violence-related risk and safety concerns for the children.  This webinar will draw heavily on the current five month long Safe and Together Model Advocacy Institute being delivered in conjunction with the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Viewers will:

  • Increase their understanding of how co-located domestic violence advocates can improve outcomes for child welfare involved adult and child domestic violence survivors
  • Enhance their ability to describe the benefits of a co-located advocate and improve collaboration between child welfare and domestic violence agencies
  • Gain strategies for improving the child welfare assessment for domestic violence without increasing “domestic violence destructive” child welfare practice