SOP Approach to Domestic Violence: Partnering with the Survivor (Virtual Training)

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 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 survivors using solution focused strategies. Trainers will model the use of solution-focused questions and skills for engaging survivors to wanting to partner with the agency to jointly make a balanced assessment of safety and danger. Participants will practice each phase of connecting with a survivor on a case scenario. Examples of solution focused questions designed to increase rigor in safety and case planning with the survivor and the perpetrator will be shared.


After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Increase understanding of SOP core principles related to domestic violence to build better outcomes for families and the child welfare system
  • Learn how to identify perpetrator patterns to inform Structured Decision Making (SDM) assessments
  • Understand how to apply an intersecting lens when mental illness and substance abuse are intertwined with domestic violence
  • Develop assessment skills by engaging survivors to partner when interviewing for danger and safety
  • Use all these practice tools together to create survivor and child centered safety and case plans
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