Intimate partner violence is a common correlate of child abuse and neglect and often is not addressed in family preservation services. In many cases, the ideologies of family preservationists and advocates for women 's safety can be at odds. This article presents a study of a collaborative model of intervention, utilizing family preservation workers and community resource practitioners working with domestic violence as group facilitators. The study utilizes a pretest, post-test design to evaluate a domestic violence resource group for women who were concurrently receiving intensive family preservation services. The study examines the effect of the program on participants' self-perceptions regarding self-esteem, independence, goals, social isolation, and assertiveness. Caseworker perceptions of client characteristics also are evaluated, and qualitative responses of the effects of the program are included.
Berry, Marianne; Letendre, Joan; and Brook, Jody
"Domestic Violence Resources for Women Receiving Intensive Family Preservation Services,"
Journal of Family Strengths:
1, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol8/iss1/4