Domestic Violence

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The Need for Expanded Services for Abusive Partners

At The Children’s Aid Society, we believe that that working successfully with perpetrators of domestic violence is critical to our mission of supporting the health and well-being of children and families. Our public and private service systems’ response to domestic violence must be expanded to include a wide range of approaches to working with abusive partners that address the complexities of abusive behavior. While existing programs play an important role in holding court-involved men accountable, they reach only a small minority of abusers and have not been proven effective in changing abusive behavior. Promising models are being used around the country that require further study; at the same time, we must continue to develop, pilot and research new models based on our current understanding of abusive behavior. Improving our capacity to provide effective services to abusive partners is in the best interest of our highest goal: the safety and well-being of children and families.

For further inquiries please contact: The Children’s Aid Society Office of Public Policy and Client Advocacy (212) 358-8930