New task group will explore the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect
August 31, 2020
Last fall, a small group of staff from the Office of Children, Youth and Families’ Domestic Violence Program (DVP) and the Division of Child Welfare (DCW) began meeting to explore the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment and to brainstorm possible solutions. This group believes a wider multi-disciplinary stakeholder group is now needed to make lasting changes, so a new task group will be formed and will begin meeting in late September. The group will make recommendations for CDHS leadership and Colorado communities regarding strategies, policies and needed resources for Colorado’s child welfare agencies and community partners to respond to families who are involved with child welfare and who have an identified concern regarding domestic violence.
This task group, led by staff from DVP and DCW, may potentially include families who have experienced domestic violence, staff across CDHS, staff from other state agencies, county child welfare caseworkers and supervisors, county attorneys, court personnel, domestic violence advocates, offender treatment providers, and others who are passionate about making changes to the way in which Colorado responds to domestic violence within the child protection system.
The Office of Children, Youth and Families believe there is a profound need to support families experiencing both forms of violence during child welfare interventions such as simultaneously addressing the safety needs of the non-abusive parents and enabling children to remain safely with their parents. Families need trauma-informed, culturally relevant, accessible and developmentally appropriate services that enhance parents’ strengths and protective capacities, enable non-abusing parents to meet their children’s needs, hold offenders accountable, and address safety for all family members. The task group will create a roadmap for Colorado to attain these goals.
There are two ways to get involved!
- Share your feedback in an online survey. Anyone who is interested in providing the new task group with feedback regarding priorities for addressing the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment can do so by completing a short survey at: https://form.jotform.com/202255873697972. Survey responses are requested by September 9, 2020. Please complete the survey regardless of your interest in joining the task group. The survey responses will guide the work of the task group and enhance understanding of the issues that counties, domestic violence advocates, stakeholders and community members face when helping families impacted by domestic violence and child maltreatment.
- Join the task group. Anyone interested in attending the task group meetings or receiving official task group meeting notifications should email Mike.Dobbs@state.co.us by September 9, 2020. These meetings will be open to anyone. During the initial meetings, official membership will be determined for voting purposes to finalize recommendations made to CDHS leadership. For the foreseeable future, these meetings will be held virtually.