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"Promising Approaches" - DCF pamphlet on reporting child abuse and neglect when domestic violence is involved

Produced by a collaborative effort involving community members, mandated reporters and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Domestic Violence Unit.
Reviewed 2009

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Promising Approaches about us

The Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) primary responsibility is to protect children who have been abused or neglected in a family setting, and to ensure that each child has a safe, nurturing and permanent home.

The DCF Domestic Violence Unit is a statewide initiative designed to enhance the Department's ability to protect children experiencing family violence. The DCF Domestic Violence Unit works with DCF Regional and Area office staff to strategize how to best integrate this knowledge and also consults with social workers and managers on cases to assist staff in designing safe interventions, that decrease risk and keep children with the non-abusive parent, when it is possible.


  • To provide a framework for mandated reporters to create family centered approaches when domestic violence is identified.
  • To offer guidelines to assist mandated reporters to assess, accurately and sympathetically, the impact of domestic violence on children and their families.

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