Children and Families

Addressing the Overlap of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: The Greenbook Initiative

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund has provided technical assistance to the Greenbook Initiative from the beginning. The sites were charged with testing whether child welfare workers, battered women’s advocates and family court judges in selected communities could change their approach to family violence and do more to help battered women and their children achieve safety. The Greenbook Initiative aimed to implement a set of guidelines, released in 1999 by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (also known as “The Greenbook”).

The initiative proved to be a promising endeavor. Each site should be commended for their hard work, ingenuity and perseverance. States and communities have much to learn from the experiences of these pioneering communities. The Federal Greenbook Initiative came to close in 2007, however there are many other communities across the country that continue to work diligently to overcome systemic barriers and to improve outcomes for families that experience both domestic violence and child abuse.

For more information and tools related to addressing the overlap of domestic violence and child maltreatment visit The Greenbook Initiative.