Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) Selects Two Research and Capacity Building Sites



Tracy Tierney, Futures Without Violence

Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) Selects Two Research and Capacity Building Sites

SAN FRANCISCO (November 30, 2017)
– Today, the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW) announced the selection of two 2017-21 Research and Capacity Building Projects: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.

The first two of four sites have been selected to test an innovative Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach within the child welfare system. Each site will collaborate with dependency courts, community organizations that work with families—such as domestic violence (DV) programs that serve survivors—and DV offender intervention programs to create a safety net and healing community for both adult and child survivors of domestic violence.

The QIC-DVCW is a five-year cooperative agreement between Futures Without Violence and the Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau to generate and disseminate knowledge that will improve how child welfare agencies and community organizations can work together to help families experiencing domestic violence.

“This has the potential to be an engine that drives new research, sustains the good work that has been done to date, and positively impacts tens of thousands of children and their caregivers,” said Lonna Davis, Director of Children and Youth Programs for Futures Without Violence.

The approach builds on research and practice lessons over 25 years that show how the safety and well-being of child survivors of DV are closely linked to the safety and well-being of their survivor parent.

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, and the Center for Health & Safety Culture at Montana State University.



Futures Without Violence is a national health and social justice nonprofit that develops groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns to empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children. Striving to reach new audiences and transform social norms, we train professionals such as doctors, nurses, judges, educators and athletic coaches on improving responses to violence and trauma. We also work with advocates, policymakers, and others to build sustainable community leadership and educate people everywhere about the importance of respect and healthy relationships. For more information, visit www.futureswithoutviolence.org.