The purpose of our project “Safe and Nurturing Families” is to expand the capacity of domestic violence programs in Central Texas in working to support survivors who are involved in the Child Protective Services (CPS) System and to help abused parents learn techniques to help their children heal from the trauma that they witnessed or experienced.
In Central Texas we have also noticed gaps around effective interventions for families in the child welfare courts who have experienced domestic violence so we have partnered with Asian Family Support Services of Austin, Bastrop Family Crisis Center and Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center to work together in addressing these outstanding needs.
Based on the work and recommendations previously made by SAFE and many other Texas stakeholders, Texas SB 434, A Task Force to Address The Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect, we have placed a domestic violence expert in the CPS court in order to provide services such as direct safety planning to the survivor of domestic violence, survivor centered referrals to support the family as well as increase CPS/Family Courts understanding of family violence and ability to identify families in need of family violence services. Our Expected outcomes include: 1) expand capacity to provide residential and non-residential services to children and youth exposed to domestic violence, 2) enhance evidence-informed services, strategies, advocacy and interventions for children and youth exposed to domestic violence, 3) improve systems and responses to abused parent and their children and youth exposed to domestic violence and 4) expand capacity to prevent future domestic violence by addressing the needs of children exposed to domestic violence.
Our Collaborative Partners include: