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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
CCR Resource Library
24 Hour Contact Initiative |
Offender Focused Initiatives |
CCR Foundational Information |
Community Safety Assessments |
Texas Agency Sample Forms |
DV Courts |
Tools for Law Enforcement |
Lethality Assessments |
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.
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.
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:
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.