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Making good decisions for children impacted by batterers. The Safe and together Model David Mandel, MA LPC Florida Dependency Court Summit August 27, 2009 Orlando Florida. 20 plus years in the domestic violence field Batterer intervention programming Research Author

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david s background

20 plus years in the domestic violence field

  • Batterer intervention programming
  • Research
  • Author
  • Over 12 years, working at the intersection of child maltreatment, domestic violence and child welfare
    • National
    • CT DCF
      • Current position Statewide Services Administrator DCF Domestic Violence Consultation Initiative
David’s Background
safe and together assumptions policy

CW (and others) needs DV competencies

    • Distinct from but complements cross system collaboration
  • CW has distinct and unique role
  • 95% alignment
  • CW needs BW advocates expertise
  • BW advocates need to engage with CW to help their clients
  • Double standards around gender can benefit the perpetrator
Safe and Together Assumptions: Policy
safe and together assumptions practice

Batterers can harm children

  • Child safety and risk assessment flows first and foremost from an understanding of the perpetrator’s tactics
    • NOT from focusing on where people are living or the status of the relationship
  • Better assessment trumps empathy as tool
  • Principles and critical components of Safe and Together provide a framework for case practice and cross system collaboration
Safe and Together Assumptions: Practice
what children exposed to batterers need
What Children Exposed to bAtterers Need
  • What are the consequences for the children of the perpetrator’s actions?
  • How is each parent relating to the children around safety, stability, nurturance and healing from trauma?
  • Do we distinguish between the different roles of perpetrator and non-offending parent in our case work?
definition of domestic violence

A pattern of coercive control perpetrated by one person against another in an intimate relationship.

    • This definition covers
      • abuse that occurs in relationships that have ended
      • Current and former partners who are not co-habitating
      • Is gender and sexual orientation neutral
Definition of Domestic Violence
additional aspects of the safe and together model

Strengths based

Behaviorally focused

Integrates safety and trauma

Multi-disciplinary

Leads to case plans with measurable goals

Does not burden non-offending parents with unnecessary services

Promotes cross systems dialog

Additional Aspects of the Safe and Together Model
evaluating the response to batterers

Has the batterer been interviewed?

Can we describe the batterer’s pattern of coercive control and actions taken to harm the children?

Can we describe the non-offending parents efforts to protect the children?

Does the case plan involve specific steps and expectations for the batterer?

Do these specific steps address the batterers pattern of coercive control?

Is there coordination between criminal court, CPS and/or other systems regarding the batterer?

Is the batterer being referred to appropriate resources, e.g. evaluation and treatment?

Is court/CP agency outlining the changes they expect the batterer to make?

Is the batterer being held equally accountable as parent or parental figure for the safety and well-being of their children?

Evaluating the Response to Batterers
recommended alternative to failure to protect language

“Despite the mother’s efforts to protect the children, the perpetrator is creating conditions injurious and harmful to the children.” (CT Collaborative)‏

Recommended alternative to “failure to protect” language
for more information
For more information

David Mandel, MA, LPC

David Mandel & Associates LLC

Ph: 860-490-8638 email: davidmandel@endingviolence.com

www.endingviolence.com/blog