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 &
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.
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.