About Us

Welcome to the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW)

The QIC-DVCW is focused on implementing an Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach across multiple sectors that integrates practice wisdom and research from child welfare, domestic violence, child development and the science of trauma and resilience in families and communities.

Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach

The Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach is a process of aligning policy, practices, and programming across agencies to be responsive to the lives and unique circumstances of families who have experienced domestic violence. The fundamental tenet of the approach is that the safety, permanency and well-being of child survivors are closely linked to the safety and well-being of their survivor parent, and the stability of their relationships. Knowledge is blended from multiple fields – child welfare, domestic violence, child development, and the science of trauma and resilience – to create systems, resources and services that are responsive to the needs and experiences of all survivors. The approach also requires addressing the behaviors and the needs of the person who has caused harm.

Our Partners

Futures Without Violence is leading this endeavor along with an experienced group of partners.

National Advisory Committee

Christine Calpin

Managing Director, Public Policy, Casey Family Programs

Jacquelyn Campbell

Ph.D, RN, FAAN, Anna D. Wolf Chair, Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Julie Collins

VP Practice Excellence, Child Welfare League of America

Karma Cottman

National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community

Diane DePanfilis

MSW, Ph.D. Professor, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College

Hon. Rosa Figarola

Circuit Court Judge, Unified Family Division, Miami-Dade County, Florida

Anita Fineday

J.D., Managing Director of Indian Child Welfare Program, Casey Family Programs

Patricia Duncan Hall

MA, Employment and Human Services, Contra Costa County, CA

Megan Holmes

MSW, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Esther Jacobo

Chief Assistant for Operations, Miami-Dade State Attorney

Fernando Mederos

Practitioner, Researcher & Consultant

Allison Metz

Ph.D, Director, National Implementation Research Network

Jessica Nunan

MSW, Executive Director, Caminar Latino, Inc.

Joan Pennell

Ph.D, Director, Center for Family and Community Engagement, North Carolina State University

Kristen Selleck

MSW, Independent Consultant on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Cris Sullivan

Ph.D, Professor, Michigan State University

Tien Ung

PhD, MSW, Director of Leadership Programs and Initiatives, Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University

Annette Wisk Jacobi

Executive Director of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth

Isa Woldeguiorguis

Executive Director, The Center for Hope and Healing, Inc.

Joyce Yedlosky

Team Coordinator, West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Terri Yellowhammer

J.D., Indian Child Welfare Center and Appellate Justice for the Mashpee Wampanoag