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September 2019Vol. 20, No. 7What States' First-Round PIPs Reveal About How Child Welfare Agencies Are Addressing Domestic Violen

A National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) report looks at how states addressed the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment in their Program Improvement Plans (PIPs) for the first round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CSFRs). While addressing domestic violence is not explicitly one of the outcomes evaluated by the CFSRs, it is closely entwined with the goals of ensuring the safety and well-being of a child.
NCJFCJ reviewed PIPs from 20 states, searching for key terms to identify which states warranted a more indepth review. During this second review, five primary trends emerged:

  • Absence of search terms (i.e., the terms NCJFCJ searched for were not present in the documents)
  • Clustering (i.e., grouping domestic violence with other problems, such as substance use or mental health)
  • Collaboration (i.e., actions taken or planned to encourage efforts between child welfare agencies and those working to address domestic violence)
  • Training
  • Assessment (i.e., tools and processes that included either or both agency assessments and family assessments)

The report highlights how certain child welfare agencies are addressing the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence and can help those involved in prevention work better address the needs of this population .

The report is available at (52 KB).