Innovation on Demand: Strategies for Addressing Family Violence During COVID-19

View Our Virtual Dialogue Series on COVID-Responsive Practice


Part 1: Implementing Culturally-Responsive and Trauma-Informed Telehealth Services and Family-Centered Practice During COVID-19

Date: Monday, May 4th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST

In Part 1, presenters shared how they offer virtual services with families impacted by domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists discussed equity and safety issues in telehealth counseling and shared what it takes to create safer virtual environments with children and adult survivors of domestic violence and abusive partners.

Recording, transcript, and resources are available here.

Presenters: Neena McConnico, Child Witness to Violence Project | Lisa Nitsch, House of Ruth | Jessica Nunan, Caminar Latino


Part 2: Advancing Collaboration during COVID-19 to Protect Children and Families 

Date: Thursday, May 14th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST

In Part 2, presenters shared new ways they are working with community partners when there are concerns about family violence. The webinar focused on partnerships between child welfare and domestic violence professionals, including during child welfare screening and investigation. The presenters discussed why collaboration is important to effectively help families experiencing domestic violence when there are safety concerns.

Recording, transcript, and resources are available here.

Presenters: Nelly Bonilla, A Safe Place | Sue Hubert, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families | Eloise Sepeda, SAFE Alliance | Cydney Smith, West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence


Part 3: Well-being as a Pathway to Safety 

Date: Wednesday, May 20th, 12-1:30pm PST / 3-4:30pm EST

In Part 3, presenters shared how current shifts in practice could improve future efforts to prevent and respond to family violence and inequities of care. Reducing a family’s stress and making family wellbeing a priority can help families be safer. Presenters discussed how communities can move beyond surveillance and monitoring to build resilience and strengthen families. Presenters also shared best practices for trauma-informed telehealth and virtual services.

Recording, transcript, and resources are available here.

Presenters: Juan Carlos Areán, Futures Without Violence | Lisa James, Futures Without Violence | Kiersten Stewart, Futures Without Violence | Tien Ung, Futures Without Violence

These webinars are funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Grant #90CA1850-01, and Grant Number 90EV0434-01-00 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content of these webinars does not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the funder, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the US Department of Health and Human Services.