Children’s Domestic Violence Response Team (CDVRT)

Type of Approach:

  • Mixed

Provider Education Level:

  • Unspecified


  • Greater than 12 weeks
  • Less than 12 weeks

Trauma Type:

  • Domestic Violence

Trauma Symptom:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Externalizing Behaviors


  • Other
  • Other Community Settings


Type of services:

Coordinated team response with menu of therapeutic options and case management. Services include:

  • Referral to CDVRT advocate who does initial screening and informs parent of program
  • “Wrap-around meeting” offered with domestic violence advocate and mental health clinician offered
  • If needed, mental health clinician conducts a strengths-based family assessment
  • Supportive parent and team develop service plan
  • Therapeutic intervention options include:
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
    • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
    • Kids Club domestic violence support groups for children
  • Ongoing case management by the CDVRT advocate
Type of service provider:

Mental health clinicians, domestic violence advocates

Program setting:

Mental health clinics

Type(s) of trauma addressed:

Children exposed to domestic violence

Additional Information:


Unique/Innovative Characteristics

This program is a partnership between a domestic violence agency and mental health clinicians.

Date Added/Updated:



  • 0-5 (Early Childhood)
  • 13-17 (Adolescent)
  • 18-25 (Young Adult)
  • 25 and up (Adult)
  • 6-12 (Childhood)


  • English

Ethnic Racial Group:

  • Unspecified

Caregivers Included:

  • Father
  • Mother
  • Other

Population Adaptations:

Age range of children:

Not specified

Parent/adult caregivers included in services:

The domestic violence advocate provide case management services and ongoing support for non-offending parents and linkages to community resources

Ethnic/racial and other groups served:

Not specified

Languages available:



Theoretical basis:

All team members work in close collaboration with families. There is an equitable balance of power and shared decision-making among team members in all program activities. The purpose of the CDVRT is to:

  • Engage and support parents in identifying the needs of their children and families
  • Provide effective services and support
  • Ensure that culturally competent approaches are employed to mitigate the effects of domestic violence exposure on children
Key program outcomes:
  • Decrease trauma symptoms exhibited by children as a result of intervention
  • Increase proactive/resiliency factors available to children and their non-abusive parents
  • Reduce children’s beliefs that domestic violence is their fault
  • Reduce children’s violent behaviors and other behavioral problems
  • Increase awareness of supportive adults in child’s environment who provide social supports when necessary

Evaluation Studies:

CDVRT uses several therapeutic options, including TF-CBT, PCIT, and Kids Club, which have been extensively evaluated and shown to be effective for children experiencing trauma.

Program replicated elsewhere:


Rated/Reviewed by Evidence Based Registries:

This intervention was not rated by the registries/databases we reviewed.

Training Contact:

Training Notes:

No information was provided on training manuals or the availability of training.

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