Intimate Partner Violence

Child-Centered Services

This program provides child-centered services for families impacted by family violence.

This Department of Children and Families (DCF) funded program provides child centered services for families negatively impacted by family violence. The program offers brief, solution focused interventions geared toward increased safety and reparative experiences for parent/ child relationships. While initial intake and assessment sessions may occur in an office setting, most of the parent/child work will take place in the family home.

Child and Family Agency’s Integrated Family Violence team believes that small changes can lead to significant improvements in the lives of children and families. We respectfully support and challenge families toward:

  • Improved Safety in the Home by identifying and taking responsibility for unsafe behavior; making and following through with safety plans
  • Taking Right Responsibility by holding batterers responsible and helping them accept responsibility for their behavior
  • Creating Basic Routines and Identifying Age/Role Appropriate Expectations helping families create livable routines and expectations
  • Improve Relationships Through Daily Attachment Routines by helping families identify family love stories and expanding on existing attachment routines
  • Healing from the Trauma of Family Violence by teaching parents and children skills for self soothing and management of PTSD symptoms
  • Acknowledgement of the Impact of Family Violence by helping children and parents talk about what happened
  • Planning Toward a More Positive Future by providing referral for ongoing services where needed
Referral and Assessment Process

A DCF worker makes a referral to Domestic Violence (DV) consultant who is the program gatekeeper; a DV consultant determines cases appropriate for the program and sends referral to Child & Family Agency program coordinator; Intake session with appropriate adult family members, DCF worker, and staff; Individual assessment sessions with staff and Victim Advocate are completed in the first two to four weeks of service

Referrals should be directed to:
IFVP DCF Gatekeeper
2 Courthouse Square
Norwich, CT
860-886-2641

Dyadic Interventions

Staff will provide parent/child dyadic sessions to address the following topics:

  • Safety in the home and safety planning
  • Understanding the impact of family conflict and violence on children
  • Enhancing attachment and healing parent child relationships, healing from trauma, and learning emotional regulation skills
Individual Interventions
  • A victim advocate will be available for adult victims throughout the program
  • Individual batterer services will be provided where needed to address batterer responsibility and behavior changes to increase safety and enhance parent/ child relationships
  • Family members in need of mental health or substance abuse services will be referred out as necessary

This is a three-month program, which may be extended, based on family need and program capacity.

Monthly Hub Meetings

The provider hub will review each case monthly. The hub will include DCF worker/supervisor, the DV consultant, program staff, a victim advocate from the Women’s Center and other involved providers. There will be a minimum of three hub meetings per case.

For more information

Child & Family Agency
Smith Bent Family Center
7 Vauxhall Street New London, CT 06320
860-442-2797

CFA Mystic/Groton Campus
591 Poquonnock Road Groton, CT 06340
860-449-8217

The Facts

This program provides child- centered services for families impacted by family violence.

Child and Family Agency’s Integrated Family Violence team believes that small changes can lead to significant improvements in the lives of children and families.

This is a three-month program, which may be extended, based on family need and program capacity.