Systems Work & Collaborations

Survivors and perpetrators of family violence engage with numerous systems and community partners as they navigate resources and support services. As a state coalition, TCFV works closes with the programs and agencies in these systems and collaborating communities to help survivors find safety faster and to hold perpetrators accountable.  

We provide technical assistance, resources, and training for many systems and collaborative partners. Below are our offerings for Coordinated Community Response (CCR) teams, those working with Child Protective Services, and ways to engage faith communities. 

Coordinated Community Response

TCFV is committed to fostering community participation and engagement around family violence. This project is designed to enhance collaboration among local family violence systems and will focus on providing resources to help communities hone their formal Coordinated Community Response (CCR). If you have any questions, please reach out to use at


Each webinar format gives participants flexibility. Participants can pause and return to the video on their own time or observe in one sitting. After each webinar is completed, please notify Mikisha Hooper of your completion and return any assignments to her.

Fundamentals of Coordinated Community Response

In this webinar, participants will learn the basics of a Coordinated Community Response (CCR). Participants will gather historical knowledge on the development of a CCR, an overview of the project goals and timeline, essentials of successful collaboration and the key principles of a CCR.

Approaches to Coordinated Community Response

Join us for this online training and learn detailed information about seven different approaches to a Coordinated Community Response. You’ll get specific information on Family Violence Task Force, Family Violence Lethality Assessments, Family Violence Fatality Review Teams, High Risk Teams, Offender Focused Initiatives, Community Safety Assessments and 24-Hour Contact Initiatives. We strongly encourages you to view this training and have guided discussions with your community partners regarding which approaches may best suit the needs of your community.


Praxis Webinar One | Intro to Constructive Engagment for Instituional Reform
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Praxis Webinar Two | Safety and Accountability Audits
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Praxis Webinar Three | Case File Review
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CCR Resource Library

24 Hour Contact Initiative |

Evaluation of the 24 Hour Initiativ

Micellaneous |

Overview of Pretrial Services & Bail in Texas

Offender Focused Initiatives |

Offender Focused Initiative Details

CCR Foundational Information |

A Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence

Advocacy Challenges: Protecting Confidentiality While Promoting Coordination

Building and Sustaining Effective Collaborations

CCR Team Models

Communication Skills for Successful Collaborations

Community Readiness

Development of Mission & Vision Statements

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Work with New Media

Minimum Standards for CCR

Team Member Engagement

Community Safety Assessments |

A Practical Guide to CCR Evaluation

The Blueprint for Campus Police Responding to Sexual Assault

Texas Agency Sample Forms |

Amarillo DV Protocol

Austin Travis County County Task Force Bylaws

Fort Bend Task Force

Harris County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Bylaws

Toolkits |

Sustaining a Coordinated Community Response: Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams

DV Courts |

Creating A Domestic Violence Court

Tools for Law Enforcement |

Bridging Domestic Violence Intervention and Community Policing

IDVSA Law Enforcement Toolkit

LE Advocacy Based Responses for CCRs

NDVH 2015 Law Enforcement Survey Report

Lethality Assessments |

Risk Assessments (Odara) in Spousal/Partner Violence Cases

Review of Lethality Assessment Programs

Worksheets |

CCR Problem Solving Worksheet

CCR Team Models

Collaboration Worksheets

Community Readiness

Data Collection and Analysis

Development of Mission and Vision Statements

Four Keys to Collaboration Success

Successful Collaborations

Team Member Engagement

Tips for Writing Goals and Objectives

MOUs |

Developing an MOU Between an Installation and a Civilian Domestic Abuse Shelter

Guidelines for a MOU

Sample MOU

TCFV MOU Guidance

Child Protective Services

Working with Survivors who have open cases in the Child Welfare System

Domestic Violence/Inter-Personal Violence/Family Violence is a well-documented risk factor for child abuse. Unfortunately, this leaves an increasing number of survivors involved in the child welfare system. In order to positively impact lives in this system, advocates must be equipped with the knowledge, resources and tools to navigate complex issues in this intersection. To help survivors secure the best outcome for their family, it is crucial they’re supported as parents who promote resiliency in their children. TCFV provides this knowledge base and tools to those working with survivors involved in the child welfare system.

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.

Task Force Report on the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect

In 2011-2012, the Task Force to Address the Relationship Between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect was established to study the existing relationship and make recommendations on best practices and policy needs for the child welfare system (CPI/CPS) and family violence programs. The recommendations in their final report are currently being implemented.

Greenbook Initiative

This publication assists child welfare (CPI/CPS), domestic violence service providers and family courts in working together to serve families experiencing violence.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between DFPS and HHSC-funded Family Violence Centers

In 2018, the Memorandum of Understanding between DFPS and HHSC-funded family violence centers was updated and sent to all HHSC-funded programs and DFPS leadership. This MOU details expectations of how CPI/CPS/APS and HHSC-funded family violence centers should handle issues such as: reporting/referrals, confidentiality limits, cross training, liaison systems, and conflict resolution.

The signed version of the MOU will continue to be required during monitoring by Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Family Violence Program contract managers. Programs must maintain their own copies for monitoring purposes. The signed MOU remains valid until another official update is developed and released.

MOU Guidance Document

In 2012, HHSC, TCFV and DFPS agreed upon this guidance document which provides an interpretation and best practices to CPI/CPS/APS and HHSC-funded family violence centers for implementing the MOU in local communities.

Working with Child Welfare (CPI/CPS)

DFPS Liaisons

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.

Advocating Within CPS

Domestic Violence and Shelters: What Happens to my Child? – HHSC and CPI/CPS have created a brochure for survivors of family violence who are in shelter and involved in CPI/CPS.

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.

Protective Capacity

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

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:


Engaging Faith Initiative

Many survivors of family violence initally turn to their faith communities and leaders to discuss what they are experience and how to get help. Faith communities are essential in recognizing abuse, responding well, and connecting that survivor to appropriate resources.

Below are some resources for family violence programs engaging with faith communities to support survivors and faith communities in their journey of supporting surivors and creating safe spaces.

Family Violence Program Training

Community Engagment with Faith Communities Training

In this 3-4 hour training, TCFV staff walk programs through identifying what a faith community is and exploring the benefits in collaborating with faith communities, common barriers in building those relationships, and how to creatively overcome those hurdles.

The second half of the traing dives deep into that program’s specific community and needs and participants will leave with 2-4 actionable steps to build and/or maintain healthier relationships with their local faith communities.

Interested? Email Suzanne for more details.

Faith Community Training

Community Mapping for Survivor Support Training

In this 1.5-3 hour training, TCFV staff will facilitate an interactive exploration and identification of all the resources available in the faith community and the wider community for a survivor of family violence.

The outcome of this training will be a community map of resources a survivor might need in accessing support and finding safety and empowerment based tools for that faith community so they can safely support a survivor.  

Interested? Email Suzanne for more details.


Faith Trust Institute provides faith communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge they need to address the faith and cultural issues related to abuse.

Religious Institute – a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

Our Whole Lives – a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality and healthy relationship education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.

Jewish Women International – mutiple project empowering girls and women including national alliance work to end domestic violence and resources through their clergy task force.

Peaceful Families – a national organization with international reach devoted to preventing domestic violence, with a particular focus on Muslim families of diverse cultural, ethnic and racial backgrounds.

Texas Council on Family Violence
PO Box 163865
Austin, TX 78716

P 512.794.1133
F 512.685.6397

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