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1 Partnering with Survivors for Child Safety

2 Goals Participants will learn the importance of partnering with domestic violence survivors for child safety Participants will enhance their ability to more effectively partner with survivors

3 What is Domestic Violence? (c) 2013 David Mandel Associates LLCDo not reproduce or distribute without permission Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive control that one intimate partner engages in against one or more intimate partners. This pattern of behavior may continue after a relationship has ended, or when the couple no longer lives together. The perpetrator’s actions often involve, target and impact the children.

4 Safe &Together™ Principles Keeping children Safe & Together™ with non-offending parent Safety Healing from trauma Stability and nurturance Partnering with non-offending parent as default position Efficient Effective Child-centered Intervening with perpetrator to reduce risk and harm to child Engagement Accountability Courts (c) 2013 David Mandel Associates LLCDo not reproduce or distribute without permission

5 Good Practice with DV Survivors Effectively partnering with a DV Survivor will help you: Learn more information about the perpetrator’s behaviors and the impact on the children Build on what is already working to keep the children safe Avoid interventions that may increase danger

6 Effective Partnering Introduce child welfare concerns in a non- blaming way Start off by asking about the relationship and then progress to the more serious violence Ask about and validate strengths related to keeping stability, safety planning, parenting, seeking help, etc. Ask about what she has done/is doing to keep herself and the children safe. What’s worked? What hasn’t worked?


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