A Safety Organized Approach to Domestic Violence: Perpetrator Engagement and Accountability

Domestic violence can have an impact on the physical and emotional safety of the children and the functioning of the entire family. This hands-on training will engage participants in critical thinking about their practice when there is a perpetrator pattern of coercive control and violence. It can be a challenge to hold the perpetrator accountable and engage them in safety planning while keeping the children safe in the care of the survivor.

Participants will be introduced to safety-organized concepts to increase their proficiency in engaging domestic violence perpetrators using solution focused strategies. Participants will explore implicit bias, gender stereotypes and parenting standards which impact perpetrator engagement. Trainer will show trauma impact to children exposed to domestic violence and lead a discussion on the possibilities of perpetrator recovery. Trainer will share and model strength-based methods and the phases for interviewing and collaborating with perpetrators to jointly make a balanced assessment of safety and danger. Participants will practice social worker safety and each phase of the interviewing process on a case scenario. Examples of solution focused questions designed to increase rigor in safety and case planning with the perpetrator will be shared.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase understanding of SOP core principles for engaging perpetrators during times of domestic violence to build better outcomes for families and the child welfare system
  2. Learn how to identify perpetrator patterns to inform Structured Decision Making (SDM) assessments
  3. Understand how to apply an unbiased lens and strength-based solution focused strategies when engaging perpetrators of domestic violence
  4. Be introduced to the phases of interviewing perpetrators for danger and safety
  5. Using all these practice tools together for perpetrator accountability and child centered safety and case plans
Course Code
505739