Project Description

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

About UCLA Pritzker Center’s Domestic Violence Project

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 will be released in spring 2021. A virtual summit will showcase this report.

Winter Speaker Series

The Winter Speaker Series explores issues that commonly arise at the intersection of child welfare and domestic violence.  We aim to bring greater awareness of these issues through discussion with UCLA and community experts. 

The series is funded by the Van Nuys Charities and Blue Shield Foundation of California. The series is co-hosted by the LA County Domestic Violence Council and will be co-moderated by Eve Sheedy, Executive Director. 

PREVIOUS SESSIONS

January 6: Medical care and DV

January 13: Engaging Men and Fathers

January 20: K-12 Education and DV

January 27: Housing and DV