Introduction Introduce yourself with your name and your
Introduction Introduce yourself with your name and your agency Do
you consider yourself an advocate for the families you visit? Power and Control How abusers manipulate and control victims: Coercion & Threats Intimidation
Emotional Abuse Isolation Minimizing, Denying, Blaming Using the Children Male Privilege Economic Abuse
Red Physical Signs: Flags of Domestic Violence
Broken furniture, damaged walls or doors Clients body language Menacing actions or expressions from abuser Abusing pets Threatening to harm client, children, or pets
Subtle Signs: Name calling, talking down, humiliating client in front of visitors Isolation of client, mistrust of outsiders Blaming the client for aggressive behavior Treating client like a servant Not allowing the client to have a job / controlling the
finances When to Assess
Build a rapport with the client while looking for red flags. If there are indications that the client may be at risk for violence, perform assessment (Maybe the 1st or 2nd in-home visit).
Remember, client might identify more with feelings than with our terms. (Ex. Are you afraid that your spouse will harm you? instead of Does he intimidate you?) If there is a risk for future violence, make referral to emergency shelter or domestic violence program. Why You Should Assess
Client and child safety from future harm. Federal and State requirements for assessments.
Safety Planning What to do in a violent situation:
When preparing to leave:
Keep copies of important documents, keys, clothes, money at a safe accessible place Open a savings account that the abuser is not aware of Know a safe place to go when you leave Staying safe in the home:
Where to go if client decides to leave Teach children how to contact help
Keep car keys, important paperwork in a safe, accessible place Talk to trusted neighbors who can contact law enforcement if they hear suspicious noises coming from the home Change the door locks and windows or install additional door locks Install motion lights outside Inform neighbors that the abuser is no longer living in the home
and to call law enforcement if he is observed near the property Protection Orders: Always carry a certified copy of the order Notify law enforcement in the community that there is an order
Safety Planning Things to take when leaving or to store in a safe, accessible place: Drivers
Car license title Birth certificates (self and children) / Social Security Cards Money, credit cards, ATM cards
Spare car & house keys Medications Medical/School records, other important paperwork Citations
Domestic Abuse Intervention Project. www.Duluthmodel.org. Chamberlain, L. & Levenson, R. 2011. Healthy Moms, Happy Babies. Futures without Violence. Referrals Get to know your local DV/SA advocates by
name; this makes the referral more personal Be aware of the services the advocates can assist with. (Emergency shelter, protection orders, emotional support, if they offer counseling or support groups, etc.) A referral can be made regardless of type of abuse (physical, psychological, financial) as the situation can always escalate.
Make sure its safe to leave information with the client before leaving. In the alternative, could you hold the information for her? The advocate may help the client establish safe place to stay. As you are building networking relationships with the advocate, remember they can offer you
Home Visitor & Advocate If someone discloses domestic violence, dont judge. Everyone knows someone who is currently or has been a victim of domestic violence. Be aware of your body language; victims are hesitant about discussing their abuse and will not disclose if they feel they wont
be taken seriously. Team Approach Where is the local domestic violence center? Who should I talk to about services for
the family? How can the domestic violence center assist home visitation programs? Developing an MOU Meeting on a regular basis
services to both parents when she leaves and when she stays Providing services to the child when custody is shared Providing services when a Protection Order exists With the best interest of the child
in mind __________________________ (home visitation program) and __________________________ (domestic violence program) will meet with each other once per year to understand the services currently provided by their respective programs and review referral policies between agencies.
2) When domestic violence is identified by home visitation, _______________________________ (home visitation program) will review advocacy services available and provide referral to __________________________ (domestic violence programs).
3) Any home visitor assigned to providing services to pregnant or parenting women at the shelter will complete any/all confidentiality agreements required by the shelter to ensure client safety and to assure that the location of the shelter remain confidential and not shared with ANYONE including friends and family, __________________________ (home visitation program) will take all precautions to ensure victim/survivor safety and assign staff to work with shelter clients that have training on domestic violence.
4) __________________________ (domestic violence agency) and __________________________ (home visitation program) agree to work to the amount feasible to ensure that each family has a consistent staff member assigned to assist them and to minimize the transfer of cases involving domestic violence.
5) __________________________ (domestic violence program) agrees to provide every victim/ survivor seeking services with safety planning (including safety planning for children) and information on how to meet their basic human needs (such as food, housing and clothing), including offering to connect her to (home visitation program) as part of a supportive case management plan.
We, the undersigned, approve and agree to the terms and conditions as outlined in this Memorandum of Understanding. _____________________________________ _____________________________________
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