The CPI project aims to bridge the gap between child welfare and domestic violence service providers in situations that child abuse and domestic violence co-occur. The goal is to reduce risk to children while enhancing overall family safety and stability through non-offending parents.
The co-located advocates work from an empowerment-based perspective. Advocates are skilled at identifying survivor strengths, and increasing protective factors already existing in the home. The co-located advocates assist the DCF Child Protective Investigators (CPIs) and case managers in identifying batterers’ patterns of coercive control, gathering information to address harmful batterer behaviors, and assessing the impact of that behavior on the children.
Domestic violence experts widely agree that positive family outcomes are more likely to occur when child welfare workers partner with the non-offending parent in their efforts to protect the children while holding the batterer accountable. For more information, please visit the CPI Project website.