Child Welfare Domestic Violence Connection Program

January 2013 – Present

In January 2013, the YWCA partnered with Hamilton Co. Jobs & Family Services-Children Services to co-locate YWCA experts on domestic violence within Children’s Protective Services. YWCA and JFS staff designed a program using the Safe & Together Model® (Mandel 2007) to ensure that children are safe and together with the non-offending parent and that perpetrators are provided an opportunity to make behavioral changes. The YWCA has four full-time domestic violence experts co-located at JFS, and plans are under way to expand staffing to six in 2016. Services include consultation, assessment, direct services and training.

The YWCA Child Welfare Domestic Violence Connection Program was designed utilizing the Safe & Together Model with emphasis on the critical components:
  • From the perspective of safety, stability, and healing from trauma it is in the best interest of the child to remain safe and together with the non-offending domestic violence survivor.
  • A partnership with the non-offending domestic violence survivor is the most effective way to promote safety, permanency and well-being of a child in a family with domestic violence.
  • A partnership with a non-offending domestic violence survivor needs to be based on a comprehensive assessment of her active efforts to promote the safety and well-being of the children.
  • Child welfare agencies can improve outcomes for children and families by increasing their capacity to intervene with the domestic violence perpetrator.

YWCA co-located staff implements the above principles by identifying the critical elements of a case:

  • The domestic violence perpetrator's pattern of coercive control
  • Specific behaviors the perpetrator engaged in to harm the children
  • Full spectrum of the survivor’s efforts to promote safety and well-being of the children
  • Adverse impact of the perpetrator's behavior on the children
  • Other factors including substance abuse, mental health, and cultural and socioeconomic factors that might affect domestic violence

The Co-located team developed the program utilizing the Safe & Together Model including the referral and consultation process, direct service delivery including survivor and perpetrator assessments, court report templates, release of information, surveys and data collection. All programmatic tools were reviewed by ODVN. In addition, formal policies were developed to help guide the work of the co-located team.

2015 Outputs & Outcomes

  • Total served: 1823
  • Non-offending parents: 402
  • Perpetrators: 396
  • Children: 1025
  • Referrals: 400
  • 70.99 % of families served were provided safety planning
  • 77.12% of families participated in an assessment

2014 Outputs & Outcomes

January 2014- December 2014: 1,674 unduplicated adults and children
  • 398 Non-offending parents
  • 359 perpetrators
  • 917 children

2013 Outputs & Outcomes

May-December 2013 - 719 unduplicated adults and children
  • 182 non-offending parents
  • 150 perpetrators
  • 387 children




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