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January 1, 2004 | Practice Guidance, Report

Advocacy Matters: Helping Mothers and Their Children


Lonna Davis, Lindsey Anderson


Futures Without Violence

Many women who have experienced domestic violence are also involved with the child protection system (CPS). Most are poor, and a disproportionate number are women of color, both immigrant and U.S. born.1 Being involved with CPS can be frightening, overwhelming and confusing for them. And as an advocate, you may feel as helpless as the women you are trying to assist.

This guidebook is intended to:
■ Underscore the importance of your work;
■ Provide tips for how to improve your practice in this area; and
■ Inspire you to do what you do best: understand a woman’s situation and help her navigate the road to safety, well-being and self-sufficiency.