About IPV

Every child and adult in the United States has the right to live in a safe, nurturing home.  Child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV) often occur together and it is important to recognize the signs, screen and assess for IPV and provide a safe intervention response.  The mission of the State of Connecticut Department of Children and Families is to work together with families and communities for the children who are healthy, safe, smart and strong.

IPV Goal & Mission:

  • Establish a comprehensive response to IPV that offers meaningful and sustainable assistance to families that is safe, respectful, culturally relevant and responsive to the unique strengths and concerns of the families impacted by IPV.

  • Safety and well-being of children will result with the provision of a full continuum of IPV services offered through a state and local coordinated response. 

  • Increase the internal capacity to respond to families impacted by IPV

  • Train DCF workforce to respond to IPV.

  • Ability to assess and meet the needs of low, moderate and high risk families.

Intimate Partner Violence Specialists:

Each Regional DCF office has an assigned Intimate Partner Violence Specialist (IPVS).As members of the Regional Resource Group, the role of the IPVS is to provide consultation, support, leadership and coordination to improve outcomes for children and families impacted by domestic violence.  The Specialist will utilize a family, strength based approach that integrates non-clinical and clinical approaches to support child protection practice and service provision and coordination.  This approach focuses heavily on supporting frontline workers with specific cases and in some instances, includes direct consultation with families.  The Specialist will have the opportunity to offer guidance to social workers especially as it pertains to information and resources that can help the entire family system.  The Specialists will also have the opportunity to promote systems change.  The positions will focus heavily on education and training both within the agency and in the community.