Building Stronger Collaborations With Domestic Violence Agencies and Addressing Programmatic Barriers to Screening

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm PDT/ 11:30am-2:00pm MDT/ 12:30pm-2:00pm CDT/ 1:30pm-3:00pm EDT

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Description: Home visitation services, through ongoing contact with mothers at home, provide a critical opportunity to identify and assist families experiencing domestic violence. In addition, where domestic violence is present, it undermines the likely success of all other program outcomes. This is why the federal Domestic Violence Benchmark was established. Partnerships with domestic violence programs and leaders are needed to ensure success and support for families as well as workers.

Many states have struggled with how to implement the Domestic Violence Benchmark. In response, Futures Without Violence created the recently updated Healthy Moms, Happy Babies curriculum, which applies lessons learned from the field to help States remove programmatic barriers to successful implementation of the Benchmark.

This webinar will provide an overview of the 2nd edition curriculum. The webinar will also serve as an introduction to the national training opportunity for your staff at the Futures Without Violence National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence Pre-Conference Institute “Healthy Moms, Happy Babies: A Train the Trainer Curriculum on Domestic Violence and Reproductive Coercion” taking place on March 19th, 2015 8:30am-4:30pm. Visit for more information.

The curriculum, one day in length, starts with addressing the effects of vicarious trauma on staff as the first step to becoming a trauma-informed program. The impact of domestic violence and reproductive coercion on maternal and perinatal health is highlighted along with specific considerations for home visitation services.  The evidence-based safety card approach to facilitate screening and universal education for domestic violence is demonstrated through video vignettes, role plays, interactive exercises and tools specifically for home visitors.  Specific barriers to identifying and intervening for domestic violence in the context of home visits are discussed and assessment is re-framed within a prevention framework to educate clients about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Strategies to build sustainable partnerships with community resources are emphasized to identify opportunities to maximize resources and work towards collective impact.

Speaker:  Rebecca Levenson, MA is a health consultant for Futures Without Violence. Prior to her move to the consultancy world in July 2013, she worked as a Senior Policy Analyst for Futures Without Violence from 2000 to 2013. A nationally-recognized researcher, educator, advocate, and speaker, she has worked extensively in the area of adolescent, reproductive and perinatal health within federal and state programs, community clinics and home visitation programs for the past 20 years.  Ms. Levenson along with co-author Linda Chamberlain PhD, MPH authored a national curriculum for home visitation programs, entitled Healthy Moms, Happy Babies, published in 2011 by Futures Without Violence and recently completed a second edition of this curriculum. As a childhood survivor and witness to abuse, Ms. Levenson speaks frequently about violence and resiliency.
This webinar is being co-sponsored by Futures Without Violence’s National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family & Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. DHHS.

Questions? Contact Kate Vander Tuig


Materials mentioned in this webinar:

Healthy Moms, Happy Babies: Train the Trainer Curriculum

Healthy Moms, Happy Babies Safety Card

Connected Parents, Connected Kids Safety Card

Relationship Assessment Tool