Project Description

Child Welfare, Public Health and Domestic Violence: A Cross-Sector Strategy Promoting Safe Families and Stable Homes

Countless children enter foster care due to allegations of domestic violence in the home. Often, these allegations fall under a finding of neglect for failure to protect. Yet removing children from their homes and placing them in foster care for an isolated allegation of domestic violence can result in further trauma for both the DV survivor and the children, and result in other harms, particularly in diverse communities of color.  

Our research explores the gaps in policy, practice, training, data collection and cultural competency where domestic violence and foster care merge, and proposes thoughtful solutions appropriate for local and national audiences. 

In addition to listening sessions and a speaker series reflecting the lived experiences of survivors and those who work within the field, a report was published in spring 2021 and a virtual summit showcased this report.

UCLA Pritzker Center is also a proud contributor to “The Interconnection Between Domestic Violence and Child Welfare in Los Angeles County: An Examination on Data, Training, and Policy” report published by the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council, Department of Public Health, Department of Children and Family Services, and Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect. The full report can be read here.



Winter Speaker Series – January 2021

Exploring Child Welfare and Domestic Violence: A 4-part online series with UCLA and Community Experts

Speaker Series – February 12, 2020

Featuring Kim Roth from Strength United, Michelle Talley from UCLA, and Wendy Blanco from Peace over Violence

Feedback Forum – August 24 & 25, 2020

This work is made possible with generous support from