TERMS: Domestic Violence (DV), Inter-Personal Violence (IPV), Family Violence (FV), Child Protective Investigations (CPI), Child Protective Services (CPS), Adult Protective Services (APS), Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS: Includes CPI/CPS/APS)
Survivor Rights Card
The survivor rights card provides information about the rights and responsibilities of parents who are survivors of family violence in the Child Welfare (CPI/CPS) system. It includes tips for dealing directly with Child Welfare (CPI/CPS), and information about helpful organizations you can call during an investigation.
Working with Child Welfare (CPI/CPS)
Every HHSC-funded family violence center and each DFPS region have a liaison who coordinates with each other and have the role of clarifying confidentiality limits, arranging cross-trainings and problem-solving when issues arise. Download our contact list here to find your Domestic Violence and DFPS liaison. If you need additional assistance, contact TCFV’s Policy Department at 1.800.525.1978.
CPS Policy Handbook Online | The CPI/CPS Handbook contains the policies and procedures that CPI/CPS workers must follow through all phases of a CPS/CPS case.
Administrative Review of an Investigative Finding (ARIF) | CPI/CPS must give parents a letter explaining their final decision and whether parents have been given a finding as a perpetrator of child abuse and neglect. If a parent does not agree with CPI/CPS’ decision, they can ask for an ARIF within 45 days of getting the finding letter. For more information about an ARIF see TAC Rule 700.516.
Resources for Supporting Survivors’ Protective Capacity
Research has shown that developing the quality of a child’s relationship with the non-battering parent is the single most important factor in a child’s emotional recovery from exposure to domestic violence*. Advocates play a vital role in helping survivors identify their strengths, protective actions and how to foster a healthy parent-child relationship.
Safety Planning when Children are Involved explores safety planning options including planning for safety when there is violence in the home, planning for unsupervised visits, planning for safe custody exchanges and safety planning while pregnant.
National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health provides training and resources for advocates supporting children, parents and caregivers impacted by domestic violence.
K.I.S.S. (A Kid Is So Special) is a 12-week child-focused curriculum developed to strengthen the mother-child bond by recognizing the impact domestic violence has on children.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Domestic Violence Collaborative Group has created a series of fact sheets to help parents understand how children may react to domestic violence and how to best help them feel safe and valued to develop personal strengths.
Amazing brain series and booklets provides concise information about how trauma affects children’s brains and how parents and others can help.
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides resources for building parental resiliency.
* Bancroft L, Silberman J., The Batterer as Parent. 2002 Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, California
Building Resiliency in Children Exposed to Family Violence
Tips for advocates working with children exposed to domestic violence explains what you can do to support them and the survivor parent.
Honor Our Voices is an online learning module that provides the opportunity to see domestic violence through the eyes of children. This website also has a practice guide for advocates when responding to children exposed to domestic violence.
National Center Traumatic Stress Network provides resources on how the trauma of domestic violence affects children and how advocates can provide intervention: