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March 28, 2014 | Webinar

The New Jersey and New York State Initiatives on DV Advocates Co-Located in Local Child Protective Offices

Facilitated By:

Anna Marjavi


Dacey Bonney, Lisa Gordon, Grace Hamilton, Trashaun Powell, Joanne Ruppel, Andrea Sandholt

Date Recorded:

March 26th, 2014


While it is well documented that child welfare services and domestic violence (DV) providers often serve the same families, many communities lack coordination between these two systems. To improve safety for families experiencing both DV and child maltreatment and to improve case coordination, many states are now piloting collaborative initiatives with the co-location of DV advocates into child protection. In New York state, 21 counties have been funded to co-locate domestic violence advocates in child protective services. In New Jersey, 31 domestic violence liaisons are co-located in 46 local child protection service offices. How did these states begin their collaboration and what have they learned in the process? Speakers from New York and New Jersey programs will answer these questions and others, including: the impetus for change; how partnerships and collaboration were fostered; development of policies; evaluation results and anecdotal stories of success. Included are the perspectives of state administrators and evaluators, a CPS worker and DV advocate.

This webinar is presented by the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Futures Without Violence.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how the co-location of a domestic violence advocate in child protective services benefits both case practice and client outcomes.

  • Learn factors and agreements that influence co-location implementation.

  • Identify 3 challenges associated with co-location programs and 3 strategies to overcome them.


  • Facilitated by Anna Marjavi, Program Manager, Futures Without Violence

  • Dacey Bonney, Assistant Service Director of Non-Residential Domestic Violence Services, Unity House

  • Lisa Gordon, Director of Program and Community Development, New York State Office of Children and Family Services

  • Grace Hamilton, MSW Administrator for the Office of Domestic Violence Services, NJ Department of Children and Families

  • Trashaun Powell, Program Specialist, Office of Domestic Violence Services, NJ Dept of Children and Families

  • Joanne Ruppel, Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation, and Performance Analytics, New York State Office of Children and Family Services

  • Andrea Sandholt, Child Protective Services, Renssealer County DSS