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Web Resources: Advocating Best Interests for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in the Dependency Case Process

Paula CampbellEmilie MeyerPaula Campbell, Permanency Planning for Children Department, NCJFCJ (pictured at left)

Emilie Meyer, Assistant Attorney, Family Violence Department, NCJFCJ (pictured at right)

Summary: When domestic violence and child abuse occur within the same family, finding interventions that respond to both forms of violence and offer meaningful help that includes protection for all victims of abuse is a challenge. The following resources are offered to help guide these efforts.



The Family Violence Department (FVD) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) offers resources, publications and other online assistance.

National Network to End Domestic Violence

Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (commonly referred to as “the Greenbook”).

The National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence provides highly interactive, skills-based domestic violence workshops for judges and judicial officers nationwide. It is co-sponsored by the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence and the Family Violence Department of NCJFCJ.

The Children’s Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families website provides information about federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Features include child welfare monitoring, laws and policy, and child welfare research.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse (MINCAVA) maintains an electronic clearinghouse featuring research on child abuse and neglect and domestic violence research and information.

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community (IDVAAC)

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence provides training and consulation designed to end domestic and sexual violence.

Sacred Circle, National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women

Sacred Circle Tribal Resources and Technical Assistance

Legal Resources

Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Domestic Violence Resources

      Statutory summary charts:

The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody (Resource Center), which provides training and technical assistance to professionals seeking to improve outcomes in child protection cases that involve domestic violence, while engaging in policy reform in those areas. The Resource Center is available at (800) 527-3223.

American Bar Association (ABA) has a series of charts summarizing statutes from all 50 states related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and trafficking.

Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas at Austin selects domestic violence articles daily from legal journals and complies this database the basic bibliographic information and an image of the first page of each article.

Southwest Center for Law and Policy provides legal training and technical assistance on domestic violence and victims’ rights for organizations and agencies serving Native people.

Tools & Research

National Organization for Women Foundation, list of domestic violence benchbooks

Judicial Education Center of New Mexico, Domestic Violence Benchbook

Power and Control Wheels, National Center on Domestic Violence


Building Capacity in Child Welfare Systems: Domestic Violence Specialized Positions (2008) available at:

Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence: A Guide to Research and Resources (2006) available at:

Crime Victims’ Rights: Fairness, Dignity, Respect. 2010 Resource Guide, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs

Cross System Dialogue: An Effective Strategy to Promote Communication between the Domestic Violence Community, Child Welfare System, and the Courts (2008) available at:

Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (1999) available at:

Judicial Checklist for Children and Youth Exposed to Violence (2006) available at:

Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence (2009) available at:

Juvenile and Family Court Journal, Family Violence Issue (Fall 2003)(Vol. 54, No. 4), National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges


Zandra D’Ambrosio, Advocating for Comprehensive Assessment in Domestic Violence Cases, Family Court Review (2008) available at:

Family Violence Prevention Fund, Advocacy Matters: Helping Mothers and Their Children Involved with the Child Protection System available at:

Hon. Donna Hitches & Dr. Patricia Van Horn, The Court`s Role in Supporting and Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, Journal of the Center for Families, Children, and the Courts (2005) available at:

Daniel G. Saunders, Child Custody and Visitation Decisions in Domestic Violence Cases: Legal Trends, Research Findings, and Recommendations available at:

Koch, D.R. & Pincolini-Ford, A. (Summer 2006). Parenting Coordination in Domestic Violence Cases, Juvenile and Family Justice Today, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Moak, S. (Winter 2003). Statewide Assessment of Response to Domestic Violence in Louisiana, Juvenile and Family Court Journal, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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