Child Protection in Families Experiencing Domestic Violence (6 Credit Hours)

Program Summary:  This course promotes effective practice with children and families affected by child maltreatment and domestic violence.  The course explores the dynamics of co-occurring domestic violence and child maltreatment and offers practice guidelines

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

Author: H. Lien Bragg


US Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Administration on Children, Youth, and Families

Children’s Bureau

Office on Child Abuse and Neglect

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Program Objectives: To enhance professional practice, values, skills, and knowledge by identifying key issues related to children and families affected by domestic violence.

Learning Objectives: Identify symptoms in children exposed to domestic violence.  Describe domestic violence tactics (physical, emotional, psychological, etc.)  Describe protective factors that influence a child’s response to violence.   Identify practice recommendations for assessing families and safety planning.

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1: Studies estimate that _________ of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence.
2: In a national survey of over 6000 American families, researchers found that ___________ of men who frequently assaulted their wives also abused their children.
3: In 2000, about 1 in every _________ households acknowledged that someone in the household experienced some form of domestic violence.
4: Using the 'Rates of Domestic Violence' illustration on page 8, which US region showed the highest percentage of households that experienced domestic violence?
5: Domestic violence is more likely to occur in a household size of
6: A review of CPS cases in two states identified domestic violence in approximately _____________ of cases resulting in the critical injury  or death of a child.
7: Researchers have found that 80 to 90 % of children in homes where domestic violence occurs can provide
8: Possible symptoms in children exposed to domestic violence include:
9: Which of the following would NOT be considered a protective factor with respect to domestic violence?
10: Young children appear to exhibit ________ levels of emotional and psychological distress than older children.
11: Child welfare advocates and domestic violence service providers share the following areas of common ground except:
12: For families experiencing domestic violence,
13: Females between the ages of __________ are most vulnerable to domestic violence.
14: Females experience the greatest assault rate between the ages of
15: Approximately ________ of gays and lesbians are victims of domestic violence at some time in their lives.
16: What percent of high school and college students experience dating violence?
17: Stalking the victim is an example of
18: Shelters and services for victims of domestic violence were established in the
19: Which of the following is an inherent principle of the Battered Women's Movement?
20: Which federal domestic violence legislation calls for improving law enforcement and criminal justice responses?
21: Which federal child abuse and neglect legislation was built on earlier laws and reforms to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of maltreated children?
22: Victims of domestic violence can be
23: The overrepresentation of underprivileged women in domestic violence crime reports may be because
24: Which of the following is an example of culturally competent services?
25: Many victims of abuse make _________ visits to their physicians for health problems and for domestic violence-related injuries.
26: Research shows that many victims will not disclose the abuse unless they are directly asked or screened for domestic violence by the physician.
27: Victims of domestic violence can be
28: Obtaining a restraining order can be a(n) ___________ option for some victims of domestic violence.
29: Which of the following could be an example of a protective strategy used by a victim?
30: Which of the following is considered to be part of the behavioral profile of a perpetrator?
31: Which of the following is a risk factor that may help determine the likelihood that severe forms of violence are imminent?
32: Which parenting style is common among perpetrators of domestic violence?
33: When children witness abuse, they may feel
34: Assessment for domestic violence should occur on every child abuse and neglect report received by the agency.
35: Every child maltreatment report involving domestic violence needs to be accepted for formal investigation.
36: If the agency accepts a report containing domestic violence allegations, which steps should be completed before interviewing the family?
37: An individual with a history of previous assaults and use of weapons should be considered a high risk for committing further violence.
38: What is not an appropriate way to contact an alleged victim?
39: If a caseworker arrives in a home and finds both partners present, caseworkers should
40: It is important for caseworkers to remember that the greatest risk to the victim's safety is usally
41: Which of the following statements is not correct?  If a family is involved in juvenile court proceedings, case file information
42: Which of the following would be an example of 'victim-blaming' questions or statements?
43: Approximately _________ of children who live with domestic violence can provide detailed descriptions of the incident in their homes.
44: Which of the following is not a practice recommendation for CPS caseworkers when performing assessments with children?
45: When interviewing the alleged abuser, CPS caseworkers may want to share third party reports with the alleged perpetrator, including all of the following except:
46: When interviewing alleged domestic violence abusers, CPS caseworkers should try to
47: Undocumented immigrants who are abused may
48: Research studies indicate that approximately ______________ of domestic violence incidents involve alcohol.
49: Recent research shows that domestic violence is experienced at much lower rates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons as compared to heterosexual women.
50: Which of the following would be considered part of the safety planning process?
51: It may be appropriate for CPS caseworkers to help victims develop a safety plan with their children.
52: Some families experiencing domestic violence may be best served through community-based services.
53: "Failure to protect" allegations focus on the
54: Separate case plans for the victim and perpetrator are recommended in CPS cases involving domestic violence.
55: Which of the following would not be an appropriate activity for victims during the initial stages of case planning?
56: In the initial stages of case planning, activities recommended for alleged perpetrators may include all of the following except:
57: Visitations with the children provide perpetrators with access to their partners where they frequently try to intimidate and threaten them.
58: Which of the following is an example of appropriate case documentation practice?
59: Which of the following may not necessarily be helpful when determining whether the victim's and children's safety has been assured.
60: Preparation by the victim to leave the relationship, seek shelter, initiate divorce proceedings, or obtain a restraining order can increase risks to
61: Subtle threats and warnings made by perpetrators toward caseworkers should be documented in the case file.
62: Steps to enhance caseworker safety include which of the following?
63: CPS caseworker and domestic violence service providers can take active roles in building relationship and developing a shared understanding of their roles and responsibilities by
64: Service providers and CPS caseworkers share the same primary goal of

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