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July 14, 2004 | Policy Guidance, Practice Guidance

Accountability and Connection with Abusive Men


Fernando Mederos

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More than thirteen years ago, Massachusetts was the first state in the country to develop and implement a response within a state child protection agency to the co-existence of child abuse and domestic violence. The core mission of the Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) is to improve the ability of child protection workers to respond effectively to children and families affected by domestic violence. The DVU now has several components, which include consultation on high risk cases, oversight and development of services for families and practice and policy reform. Domestic Violence Specialists remain at the center of the DVU as advocates – for families and for systems change.

This PDF document is an effort to remedy the excessive focus on mothers in cases involving domestic violence. It provides suggestions for connecting with and holding abusive men accountable.