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July 26, 2015 | Practice Guidance

Guide for Engaging & Supporting Parents Affected by Domestic Violence: Enhancing Parenting Capacity & Strengthening Parent-Child Bonds


Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW

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This guide is designed for staff in domestic violence programs and provides practical guidance for supporting parents affected by domestic violence in their parenting. Welcome We offer core principles and strategies for supportive engagement with parents and ways to enhance parenting capacities, while working through issues and concerns. All of these strategies are designed to strengthen the relationships we have with parents. In turn, these strategies may also be useful for parents as they respond to their children’s needs and help support healing and resilience for their children and themselves. We also include suggestions about how to work with strong feelings and reactions that might arise for parents and children and ourselves that could be barriers to addressing concerns.