Bilingual Assistant Director of Clinical and Professional Services Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
When a disclosure of domestic violence is made during a child abuse investigation, it can be difficult to know what steps can help ensure child safety. Moreover, the presence of domestic violence in a family system can also impact, or sometimes even prevent, the disclosure process from happening for child and adult victims. In this workshop, participants will learn about the dynamics of domestic violence and child abuse occurring in the same home. A domestic violence counselor and a child abuse counselor will explore the similarities and differences in these crimes, including offender typology, grooming practices, secrecy, and the disclosure processes. Presenters will explore how the neurobiology of survivors can be affected by the presence of domestic violence and can impact how children and adults survivors of abuse may present to law enforcement, child protection workers, forensic interviewers, advocates, therapists, prosecutors, or medical personnel during child abuse investigations. Recommendations for safety planning across the multidisciplinary team, with considerations for both the child and adult victims, will be discussed, and opportunities for collaboration with domestic violence serving agencies will be explored.
Recognize the prevalence of domestic violence occurring in homes where child abuse is present and how domestic violence impacts the child survivor and non-offending parent
Understand how trauma reactions related to domestic violence may impact the ways survivors present to the multidisciplinary team throughout the duration of child abuse cases
Equip law enforcement, child protection workers, law enforcement, prosecutors, medical personnel, family advocates, and therapists with practices to enhance safety of children and non-offending caregivers