Type of services provided:
IPV-FAIR is an ecological, strengths-focused model providing a comprehensive response to families involved with child protection impacted by intimate partner violence. IPV-FAIR is primarily an in-home service. Clinic based services may be utilized if requested by the family or if services in the home would pose a risk to safety or confidentiality other community sites may be utilized if confidentiality and privacy can be assured. IPV-FAIR includes the engagement and assessment of ALL family members, while keeping safety as the highest priority. The model will offer a variety of interventions based on assessed needs and will provide services/linkages for the children affected by IPV to adequately address trauma. IPV-FAIR provides families with safety-planning, case management/advocacy services, counseling, parenting education and a fathering intervention called Fathers for Change (profile on this website). Families are referred by child protection services through an intimate partner violence specialist. The IPV-FAIR model has been implemented across the six regions of the State of Connecticut.
IPV-FAIR is implemented by a clinician and family navigator team assigned to each case. Family Navigators provide case management services to both caregivers (as deemed appropriate in the case plan) and will assist in addressing any barriers to engagement.
Clinicians and Family Navigators will practice Assertive Engagement to address ongoing engagement needs and any breaks in service provision. Minimal assertive engagement attempts will be made three times per week to re-engage caregivers. Assessments are conducted separately for the father, mother and children in the family to determine the services and focus of treatment for each member of the family. Three structured treatment programs can be provided within the context of IPV-FAIR: Fathers for Change, Mothers and More and Circle of Security.
Typically home based, but can be offered in clinic, community or, prison family re-entry programs
Length of program/number of sessions:
4-6 months with possible extension; 1-3 sessions per week
Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:
Intimate partner violence and child maltreatment
Education level of providers:
Masters level clinicians and Bachelors level family navigators