Advancing Practice, Programming, and Policy

This resource page is designed to provide access for stakeholders across the country to QIC-DVCW products and resources that will support improved responses to children and families in which domestic violence is occurring. Tip sheets, practice guides, archived webinars, and more will be made available here for public use.

Our Full Resource Library



Overview of the QIC-DVCW

Introducing the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare! Learn who we are and what we’re doing.

Factsheet: Child Welfare and Domestic Violence

Domestic violence affects one in three women and more than 15 million children in the U.S., and increases the likelihood of child welfare involvement.


Issue Brief on Relational and Systemic Accountability for Persons Who Use Violence

Our Approach involves engaging people who use violence in ways that are safe for adult and child survivors, and promoting positive change through accountability.

The Child Welfare System in the U.S. News: What’s Missing?

This research report shares how the child welfare system and domestic violence are portrayed in news coverage and discusses what patterns in the coverage mean for practitioners around the country working to build and maintain stronger child welfare protections that address the needs of families experiencing domestic violence.

Issue Brief on Protective Factors for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Our Approach involves building protective factors that lessen the impact of domestic violence for adult and child survivors and promote their safety, healing, and well-being.

Overview of the Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach

Learn about the QIC-DVCW’s innovative, research-based approach for addressing domestic violence and co-occurring child maltreatment in families who are involved in the child welfare system.

Voices of Families and Professionals

Addressing domestic violence in the context of child welfare is complex and requires resources, leadership, and practical approaches.

Tip Sheets & Practice Guides

Tip Sheet 4 – Well-Being as a Pathway to Safety in Child Protection

Engagement with children and families dramatically changed under necessary COVID-19 related constraints. Tip Sheet 4 provides valuable lessons learned about addressing safety and well-being during the height of the pandemic.

Tip Sheet 3 – CW Investigations with Families Impacted by DV during COVID-19

Especially useful under the COVID-19 crisis, the suggestions in Tip Sheet 3 can help child welfare first responders promote safety and minimize negative and traumatic impacts on child and adult survivors of DV while completing factfinding and risk assessment.

Tip Sheet 2 – Screening of DV During COVID-19

With shelter-at-home policies in place, it can be challenging or impossible for child welfare staff to have safe, private contact with family members to talk about possible domestic violence and child abuse. Tip Sheet 2 includes suggestions for engaging new partners to learn about a family’s strengths, resources, risk, and stressors.

Tip Sheet 1 – Virtual Activities to Engage Children & Youth

Figuring out how to engage children and youth under current distancing constraints of COVID-19 can be challenging. Tip Sheet 1 suggests 10 virtual activities that can be used by anyone involved in the life of a child or youth to nurture relationships with them, help them with stress relief, and uplift them.

Virtual Events

Innovation on Demand Part 3

This virtual dialogue was Part 3 of Innovation on Demand. Presenters shared how current shifts in practice can improve future efforts to prevent and respond to family violence and inequities of care. They discussed how communities can move beyond surveillance and monitoring to build resilience and strengthen families. The recording, transcript, and resources shared by the presenters are available now.

Innovation on Demand Part 2

This virtual dialogue was Part 2 of Innovation on DemandWith a focus on partnerships between child welfare and domestic violence professionals, presenters shared new strategies for working with community partners and discussed why collaboration is important to effectively help families experiencing domestic violence. The recording, transcript, and resources shared by the presenters are available now.

Innovation on Demand Part 1

This virtual dialogue was Part 1 of a three-part series called Innovation on Demand: Strategies for Addressing Family Violence During COVID-19. Presenters shared strategies for how to offer virtual services and create safer virtual environments with families impacted by domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recording and transcript, along with resources shared by the presenters, are available now.