Susan Schechter, Jeffrey L. Edleson
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Better known as “The Greenbook” this Practice & Policy guidance first printed in 1999 serves as the foundation to much of the work in the family court system to date. See below for an introduction.
Although researchers have known for years that domestic violence and child maltreatment often coexist in families, only recently have communities and individuals from all professions begun to question the wisdom of responding to these
forms of violence as if they were separate, unrelated issues. Across the country, many courts, policymakers, and service providers are struggling to find answers to such questions as: How can child protection services work together with domestic violence service providers to enhance the safety of multiple victims in violent homes? How can juvenile courts protect children when their mothers are being battered without revictimizing the mother? How can communities protect battered others and their children and hold batterers accountable for their violence?
These and other equally challenging issues led the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (National Council) to initiate a project to develop guidelines for practice and policy in cases where domestic violence and child maltreatment overlap. The support for this project came from the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and Johnson Foundation. Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice is one of a series of National Council publications addressing family violence, courts, and communities. More inside…