Steps Toward Safety

Improving Systemic and Community Responses for Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Family Violence Prevention Fund

January 1, 2007

Summary

This report dips into a decade of history to show how far we’ve come in supporting families impacted by domestic violence. Readers will learn about a new set of protocols and practices aimed at aiding both abused adults and their children. Even more, they will discover that the reform effort’s current to-do list is long and there is still much work to do to help these fragile families find hope, be heard and heal.

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Key Takeaway

A professional paradigm shift has changed the way we support families impacted by domestic violence

Some 15 years ago, experts began rethinking their game plan for addressing family domestic violence. The reason? They identified a significant blurring of lines between the safety needs of children and their mothers. To keep children safe, they realized, we must work to keep the non-offending parent — usually the mother — safe, as well.

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