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Domestic Violence and Child Protective Services Collaboration

The intersection of domestic violence and child protection present challenges on finding ways to support the adult victim, hold the batterer accountable, and increase safety for both child and adult victims. One strategy is having domestic violence advocates at DHS offices. The advocates provide direct services to clients as well as consultation with DHS workers. The advocates attend staffings and family meetings.

DHS funds four domestic violence programs to place advocates at child welfare offices through a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women and four programs through Office of Child Abuse and Neglect funds. Additional domestic violence programs are able to have advocates at DHS through their grants and funding for both child welfare and self-sufficiency. Finally, some self-sufficiency offices use JOBs funds (TANF) to contract with domestic violence programs for advocates.

DHS developed a video on out-stationed advocacy. For more information, contact Bonnie.Braeutigam@state.or.us.

PSU Child Welfare Partnership is evaluating those sites funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. They publish a semi-annual newsletter. The Spring 2005 Issue includes articles on Team Decision Meetings and Domestic Violence, highlights from trainings, and an overview of the Supreme Court decision on the inadmissibility of hearsay evidence (Crawford case).