Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence 2nd edition (6 credit hours)

Program Summary:  This course explores the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence and provides guidance for child welfare workers and domestic violence advocates who work with families experiencing domestic violence.  It highlights the tactics of abuse, common characteristics of perpetrators, key characteristics of adult survivors, the effects of domestic violence on children, risk and protective factors, the child protection process,  safety assessment, safety planning, developing the family plan, documentation, enhancing worker safety, and collaboration.   Case examples are given.  Emphasis is placed on survivor safety and perpetrator accountability.

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, and therapists and appropriate for beginning and intermediate levels of practice.

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Publisher:  Children’s Bureau; Administration for Children and Families; US Department of Health and Human Services

Course Objectives: To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to child protection in families experiencing domestic violence.

Learning Objectives:  Describe the tactics of domestic violence.  Identify common characteristics of perpetrators.  Identify the barriers to leaving a relationship.  Describe risk and protective factors.  Describe cultural factors.  Identify safety considerations for children, adult survivors, and caseworkers.

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1: Chapter 1: The term 'domestic violence' is
2: Chapter 2: Historically, domestic violence has been framed and understood exclusively as
3: Survivors often are in the most danger directly after
4: Perpetrators often use __________ tactics in their relationships to maintain control.
5: Domestic violence is best described as
6: Which of the following is not characteristic of situational violence?
7: According to the CDC NISVS survey, more than _____________ of children and youth were exposed to some form of family violence within the past year.
8: According to the CDC NISVS survey, approximately _____________ of child welfare cases involve some known domestic violence.
9: Escalated behavior by perpetrators often indicates increased risk.
10: A perpetrator telling his child's caseworker that no one is allowed to talk to 'my wife' without his permission is an example of
11: Many perpetrators have ____________ rates than fathers who have not committed domestic violence of maintaining or gaining custody of their children.
12: Cyberstalking is the use of _____________ to stalk.
13: Cyberstalkers can install apps on survivors' phones that allow the stalker to read emails and text messages or can monitor the phone's GPS to locate the survivor.
14: The CDC found that homicide is one of the leading causes of death for women 44 years of age or under, and nearly ________ of female victims are killed by a current or former male intimate partner.
15: Threats such as "You know what will happen" or "You'll see" are
16: Which federal legislation created new programs to help law enforcement officials fight violence against women?
17: Which federal legislation is the primary source of federal funding for domestic violence direct-service providers?
18: Which federal legislation included provisions that called for stronger federal and state responses to help children and parents in the child welfare system affected by domestic violence?
19: Perpetrators of domestic violence are
20: Domestic violence is a mental health issue.
21: Chapter 3: It becomes harder to work with survivors and children if caseworkers view perpetrators
22: Which of the following is not one of the common characteristics listed for perpetrators?
23: Perpetrators use manipulation as a tactic against
24: It is more accurate to understand perpetrators as
25: When using the Danger Assessment tool, survivors may feel less safe disclosing the abuse to
26: Victims of domestic violence homicide were killed at a ______________ higher rate when a gun was available to the perpetrator.
27: The likelihood of homicide is greater when the following is present:
28: Perpetrators of domestic violence are _________ likely than those who are not perpetrators to abuse their children.
29: Child welfare agencies historically have scrutinized the parenting of
30: The system perhaps best equipped to holistically assess a perpetrator's risk to children is
31: If perpetrators move out of the home, families are safer.
32: Chapter 4: More than _________________ American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced domestic violence in their lifetime.
33: All of the following are domestic violence issues in the LGBTQ community except:
34: Immigrant women are at particularly high risk of domestic violence and often feel trapped by
35: ______________ women experienced higher rates of domestic violence and greater frequency and severity of physical abuse.
36: Humphreys and Thiara (2003) identified that health practitioners more often saw a survivor's decision to remain in an abusive relationship as
37: Please read 'Example About SUD' on page 49.  In this scenario- after the survivor relapsed on cocaine, the caseworker did all of the following except:
38: Child welfare workers can partner with domestic violence survivors around a goal of
39: When working with diverse communities, it is important for caseworkers to
40: Survivors may demonstrate protective capacity by
41: ___________ is the most common symptom exhibited by survivors of domestic violence.
42: Chapter 5: Children have to be physically present to experience domestic violence.
43: As the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System explains, children are good
44: Generally, boys exhibit more externalized behaviors such as
45: According to Futures Without Violence, the single most important resource for children in fostering resilience and healing from the traumatic effects of domestic violence is
46: For children experiencing domestic violence, the strongest individual protective factors are
47: Chapter 6: Using Exhibit 6.1, the first step of the child protection process is
48: The caseworker must assess for the child's safety
49: CPS and domestic violence services programs have historically responded _______________ to safety concerns facing adult and child survivors within the same family.
50: As mandated reporters, a domestic violence advocate should make a report to CPS once
51: The purpose of the intake stage is to
52: Reports involving domestic violence may
53: Differential response systems
54: When interviewing the family, all of the following are recommended except:
55: Domestic violence survivors can be
56: Which of the following is not a practice recommendation for interviewing the adult survivor during the intial assessment?
57: Suggested questions to begin a neutral inquiry into domestic violence concerns may include all of the following except:
58: Approximately _____________ of children who lives with domestic violence can provide detailed descriptions of the incidents.
59: Which of the following is not a practice guideline for caseworkers when performing assessments with children?
60: Which of the following is not recommended when interviewing the alleged perpetrator?
61: A worker should let the  ________________ decide whether to seek a protective order.
62: The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (2001) recommended that domestic violence assessment occur during which phase of a case?
63: Chapter 7: A Failure to protect substantiation places the blame for violence on the
64: According to the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health (2017), "the single most important resource for children in fostering resilience and healing from the traumatic effects of domestic violence is
65: The Family Group Decision-Making model refers to when  _______________ come together to make decisions about caring for children and to develop a plan for services.
66: If it is appropriate for the perpetrator to attend the family meeting, caseworkers should do all of the following except:
67: SMART goals are all of the following except:
68: Safety planning occurs
69: In the initial stages of developing the family plan, which of the following activities is not recommended for survivors until further risk assessment?
70: In the initial stages of developing the family plan, which of the following activities is not recommended for perpetrators until further risk assessment?
71: Children living in homes where they have either experienced domestic violence from an early age or have been exposed to severe and prolonged violence are at greater risk for developing
72: All documentation of domestic violence should be written
73: Which of the following is appropriate case documentation?
74: When determining case closure, caseworkers should focus on
75: Chapter 8: Several studies found that caseworkers' common responses to domestic violence included
76: The National Association for Social Workers (NASW) (2013) established safety guidelines and emphasized the need for routinely practicing universal safety precautions
77: Which of the following is not a safety guideline when dealing with domestic violence?
78: What are some of the ways supervisors enhance the safety for their staff?
79: In the example of caseworker safety on page 112, the caseworker and specialist were able to de-escalate the situation and safely
80: Williams (2015) suggests 'that eating right, sleeping well, and making time for fun' allows caseworkers to deal with workplace trauma.
81: Chapter 9: The manual closes with an emphasis on

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Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/6/2021 - 9/6/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

G.M. Rydberg-Cox, MSW, LSCSW is the Continuing Education Director at Free State Social Work and responsible for the development of this course.  She received her Masters of Social Work in 1996 from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago and she has over 20 years of experience.  She has lived and worked as a social worker in Chicago, Boston, and Kansas City. She has practiced for many years in the area of hospital/medical social work.  The reading materials for this course were developed by another organization.