In the Best Interests of Children and Mothers: A Proposed Child Welfare Response to Violence Against Women

Canadian CW report

Morrow, Eileen

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH): 32 pages.

The following proposal is an outline for a differential response within child welfare practice where woman abuse is identified. In particular, this Response Model proposes a specific approach by child welfare in response to reports of child witnessing of woman abuse under the “emotional harm” section of the Child and Family Services Act. Although there are some particular suggested practices highlighted in the Model, much of the detailed development of practice, coordination and tools for implementation will require further development between the violence against women and child welfare sectors, in cooperation with local community partners who have expertise in specific responses to women from marginalized communities.