Many mothers want their children to have a safe and positive relationship with their father. Additionally, many mothers are court or child protection involved and accessing supervised visitation center services. DV programs can help improve the overall experience and promote safety when they partner with supervised visitation programs and help prepare mothers and children about what to expect during visits and provide support after visits. Meaningful relationships and cross-training with community partners such as supervised visitation, batterer’s intervention programs, and responsible fatherhood programs increases coordination and can create a supportive environment for men and fathers to reduce and ultimately end their abusive behavior.
Questions to consider:
- How are our program’s services linked to other family service agencies, and in particular services for men and fathers?
- What support and services does your program have for mothers who are post-separation?
- In what ways does your program support women and children using your local supervised visitation program?
- Does your provide training and support to your local supervised visitation program on the dynamics of domestic violence?
- Cross-training on values, services, mandates, and roles
- Case consultation
- Policy development and review
- Drop in/on-call advocacy