Domestic Violence

Team Decisionmaking and Domestic Violence: An Advanced Training for TDM Facilitators and Child Protection Supervisors - Trainer's Guide (2009)
Written by Shellie Taggart for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, this advanced domestic violence curriculum is designed as a day long training that draws upon several important concepts in current child welfare literature, including: family-centered practice, solution-focused interviewing, signs of safety approach to practice, clear distinctions between danger and risk, comprehensive family assessment, and eliminating disproportionality in child protection.

Team Decisionmaking and Domestic Violence: Guidelines for Facilitators (2009)
Written by Shellie Taggart for the Family Violence Prevention Fund, these guidelines are intended to help TDM facilitators practice more effectively by laying a foundation for safe meetings in DV situations, suggesting topics for exploration in the meeting itself, and providing concrete suggestions for interacting with both the non-offending parent and perpetrator of violence.

Connect: Supporting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence—In-service Training for Resource Families, a Trainer’s Guide and Tools (2009)
Connect is a three-hour curriculum created for foster parents, kin caregivers, and adoptive parents with all levels of experience in caring for children who have been exposed to domestic violence, or who may have cause to care for these children in the future. Connect is designed as a basic training session on the dynamics of domestic violence, the impact of exposure to domestic violence on children, and strategies for supporting children who have been exposed to violence.PowerPoint

Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF)
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.

Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC): Lessons Learned About Addressing Domestic Violence
Written by Ann Rosewater, December 2006, this Family Violence Prevention Fund Report, Commissioned by The Center for Community Partnership in Child Welfare (CPPC), assess the lessons learned from CPPC's efforts to build partnerships between domestic violence, child welfare and the community. It identifies accomplishments and areas needing further attention.

Bibliography on Children and Domestic Violence
Prepared by the Family Violence Prevention Fund for the January 2007 Statewide Convening on Child Welfare and Domestic Violence, the listing is an excellent reference source of literature on domestic violence.

Connect: Helping Caregivers Talk to Kids About Violence Against Women
Connect is a mini-magazine for foster parents and kin that provides information on meeting the needs of children who have been exposed to domestic violence and are in the child welfare system. Free printed copies can be obtained through the Family Violence Prevention Website and additional issues can be found at the Connect Magazine website. The first two issues of Connect are now available in Spanish: Conexiones Issue #1, Conexiones Issue #2. For additional information on Connect in English or Spanish, please email

Teen Dating Violence
This powerpoint presentation was given by Leiana Kinnicutt, in association with the Family Violence Prevention Fund, at the CA Family to Family Statewide Convening, January 2007.

Understanding Children, Immigration, and Family Violence: A National Examination of the Issues
Released by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, September 2005, this document seeks to enhance services for immigrant children and their families affected by family violence: with a special focus on building partnerships, this project aims to help States and communities improve current policy and practice efforts.

Questions and Answers for Immigrant and Refugee Women
Produced by the Immigrant Women's Rights Project, Family Violence Prevention Fund, this article includes a link to free brochures in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese entitled, "You Have A Right To Be Free From Violence In Your Home: Questions & Answers For Immigrant and Refugee Women."

Battered Immigrant Women Toolbox
This website, provided by the Family Violence Prevention Fund, includes many helpful resources and links to national organizations. The Immigrant Women's Rights Project educates women about their rights and develops their leadership skills to become involved in changing policies that affect them.

The Annie E Casey Foundation California Family to Family Initiative Statewide Convening: Strengthening Our Response to Domestic Violence
Supported by the UC Davis Resource Center for Family Focused Practice and California Department of Social Services, the agenda highlights the guest speakers and workshops of the January 17-19, 2007 Family to Family Statewide Convening held in Sacramento, California.

Creating Safety and Stability for Children Exposed to Family Violence
A Working Paper for Family to Family Sites, by Elena Cohen, Lonna Davis, Edited Leianna Kinnicutt, FVPF, October 2006.

Rise Magazine
Rise is a magazine written by and for parents involved in the child welfare system. Rise is published by Youth Communication, which also publishes Represent, a magazine. You can learn more about Youth Communication at

Represent Magazine
Represent (formerly Foster Care Youth United-FCYU) is a magazine written by and for young people in foster care.

Steps Toward Safety
Improving Systemic and Community Based Responses for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence, by Ann Rosewater and Leigh Goodmark, 2007. This report outlines the lessons learned and emerging practices to improve responses from systems and the community on the issue of the overlap of domestic violence and child welfare.

Fathering After Violence - Working with Abusive Fathers in Supervised Visitation
Produced by the Family Violence Prevention Fund (2007), this guide is intended to assist professionals that want to enhance the safety and well-being of women and children by working more deliberately with abusive fathers who visit their children. Although fathers are not always the visiting parent, this document was designed to target fathers who have been violent with their intimate partners. This publication takes as a point of departure the minimum practice standards outlined in the Guiding Principles of the Supervised Visitation Program and builds upon that document to propose a continuum of more advanced interventions for the engagement of abusive fathers in visitation centers.