NCCD Releases a Special Report on Domestic Violence in Families Served by Child Welfare Services in California

September 5, 2012 | by 

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Many children in California are exposed to domestic violence; they often go unidentified, making it difficult for them to receive the help they need to address trauma they may have endured. The California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Well-being (Leadership Group) seeks

Many children in California are exposed to domestic violence; they often go unidentified, making it difficult for them to receive the help they need to address trauma they may have endured. The California Leadership Group on Domestic Violence and Child Well-being (Leadership Group) seeks
to ensure that children and their families—including the victimized parent and the abuser—achieve safety and heal from trauma. Until now, there has been limited ability to obtain information about the number of families served in the child welfare system who have experienced domestic violence (DV), or how child welfare families with domestic violence may differ from other families in the system.

Child welfare services (CWS) is one system in California with the capacity to routinely screen and assess for domestic violence. As a result, the Leadership Group and the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) asked the NCCD’s Children’s Research Center (CRC) to conduct a statewide analysis of the data collected by the screening and assessment tools used most widely by CWS agencies in the state: the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system. Click here to read NCCD’s “Special Topic Report on Domestic Violence in Families Served by Child Welfare Services in the State of California.”

Through this analysis, the Leadership Group and CDSS hope to advance understanding of families and children in the CWS caseload who experience domestic violence in order to strengthen responses that will enable families and children to achieve safety and heal, as well as to prevent such violence in the future.