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1 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 11 PATHWAYS TO STRENGTHENING AND SUPPORTING FAMILIES IN ILLINOIS Module 4C – DV Assessment

2 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 2 A Review of the Domestic Violence Policy

3 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 3

4 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 4 Big Picture Objectives Identify the red flags that are sometimes indicative of domestic violence Demonstrate how to address issues in a non-victim blaming manner Determine when DCFS becomes involved in a domestic violence case

5 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 5

6 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 6

7 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 7 WIIFM Whats In It For Me

8 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 8 Definitions Domestic Violence Illinois Domestic Violence Act Intimidation of a dependent Harassment Physical abuse Family or household members Interference with personal liberty Willful deprivation

9 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 9 Domestic Violence Research Findings Child abuse is 15 times more likely Perpetrators sometimes use physical, emotional or sexual abuse Domestic violence is often linked to severe and fatal cases of child abuse

10 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 10 Case Study Dick Walker36 years old Sue Walker32 years old Janet Walker 9 years old Jack Walker 4 years old

11 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 11

12 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 12 Symptoms Eating and sleeping disorders Anxiety about being hurt or killed Guilt Withdrawal Easily frightened, anxious, clingy Feelings of loneliness and isolation Adolescent alcohol and drug abuse Teen dating violence

13 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 13

14 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 14 Domestic Violence Screen Required? Given these requirements, is a domestic violence screen necessary in the case of the Walker family? YES!

15 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 15 Milestones A domestic violence screen is required at several milestones. These milestones are different for DR Specialists and SSF Workers. Insert new language to make it congruent with CANS

16 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 16 DR Specialist 1. False 2. True 3. True 4. False 6. True 5. True 7. False

17 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 17 DR Specialist 1. False 2. True 3. True 4. False 5. True

18 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 18

19 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 19 Domestic Violence Indicators Physical injury to an adult Self-reported incident Using the children to control Police involvement for domestic violence –911 Calls –Police Reports An existing order of protection History of receiving domestic violence services

20 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 20

21 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 21 Interviewing Guidelines Safety is top priority Privacy Confidentiality Order of interview –Adult victim –Children –Perpetrator

22 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 22 Interview Guidelines Build an alliance with victim Interview perpetrator in non-threatening manner If perpetrator denies, dont force the issue Duty-to-Warn situation

23 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 23 Interviewing the Adult Victim Role-Play Listen to the interview and take notes as to what was effective/ineffective about the interviewers technique.

24 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 24 What was effective/ineffective?

25 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 25 Interviewing the Child and the Perpetrator

26 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 26 Interviewing the Child What is a good way to start? What might older children do to protect their parents? Three questions to ask to get childs account? Questions to asses impact of exposure to violence? Question to illicit safety concerns?

27 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 27 Interviewing the Perpetrator Five indicators? What indicators are associated with increased danger? Factors considered when assessing potential lethality? What situations can trigger violence?

28 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 28 Interviewing the Perpetrator What should worker do if threatened or intimidated? Two key considerations when interviewing? Questions asked?

29 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 29 Collateral Contacts Collateral contacts must be made with individuals who can provide additional information about the situation. Criminal justice personnelChild care providers Social service agenciesHealth care providers NeighborsSchool personnel Extended family members

30 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 30 Documentation All information –Domestic violence interviews –Collateral contacts –Relevant to safety assessments and protective actions Document in interview notes and CFS 1441

31 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 31 Level of Involvement Individualized and in correlation to the assessed safety and risk issues of the children –Domestic Violence Screen shows significant indicators –Two-prong test –Domestic violence brochure –Domestic Violence Practice Guide –Supervisor

32 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 32 Safety Planning Activities Safety planning for immediate risk Safety planning with adult victim Safety planning with adult for childrens protection Safety planning with children Safety planning for worker

33 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 33 Safety Planning with the Walker Family

34 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 34 Safety Planning with the Walker Family

35 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 35 Worker Safety Learn to identify dangerous behaviors Plan for your own protection Use extreme caution when intervening

36 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 36 Service Planning Primary Goal: To promote enhanced safety and protection for children Why two separate plans? To protect the confidentiality of the adult victim and children. Administrative Case Reviews are segmented in an effort to secure confidentiality.

37 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 37 Service Planning Consult supervisor and Domestic Violence Practice Guide. There are many service available for the adult victim. Perpetrators are referred to DHS approved partner abuse intervention program.

38 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 38 Service Planning for Mrs. Walker

39 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 39 Lightening Round

40 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 40 Lightening Round

41 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 41 Lightening Round

42 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 42

43 Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Pathways to Strengthening and Supporting Families Program April Division of Service Support, Office of Training and Professional Development 43 Action Planning


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