Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare


In 2016, the Children’s Bureau/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services launched the national Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) to test interventions to improve how child welfare agencies and their partners work with families experiencing domestic violence.


Close up of two multi-ethnic mothers carrying their babies. The focus is on the mixed race (Asian and Caucasian) baby boy in the light green shirt. He is relaxed in his mother's arms.The QIC-DVCW will work with three Research and Capacity Building Projects across the country to develop, implement and evaluate practices, policy and programming to promote safety and well-being of adult and child survivors, accountability and meaningful support for change for people using violence and coercion with a partner, and permanency for children.

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The QIC-DVCW is investigating the following questions:

  1. Does a collaborative, adult and child survivor-centered approach — that includes safely engaging and establishing accountability of the DV offender — improve adult and child survivor safety, child permanence, and child and family well-being for child welfare involved families experiencing DV?
  2. For which families, and in which social contexts, does an adult and child survivor-centered approach improve these outcomes?
  3. What factors are associated with successful implementation and sustainability of an adult and child survivor-centered approach?
  4. What are the costs associated with the implementation and maintenance of an adult and child survivor-centered approach, and how do these compare to the costs of “practice as usual”?

Futures Without Violence is leading this endeavor along with an experienced group of partners including the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, the Center for Health & Safety Culture at Montana State University, and Caminar Latino


Visit the QIC-DVCW website to learn more: