In response to increasing awareness of the overlap between domestic violence and child maltreatment populations and services, the Texas Office of the Governor created the initiative Project S.A.F.E, overseen by the Texas Council on Family Violence. Project S.A.F.E. (Survivors are Fundamental to the Equation) is focused on improving collaboration between child welfare agencies and family violence centers in Texas to improve family safety.
Project S.A.F.E. domestic violence centers in Austin, Denton, El Paso, and the Rio Grande Valley are implementing pilot programs* focused on promoting child safety through enhancing competency, practice, and collaboration around domestic violence among Child Protective Services (CPS) staff and domestic violence program staff. CFRP’s research will help establish best practices and models for domestic violence centers across Texas to navigate the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment.
*Denton County Friends of the Family, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, SafePlace-Travis County, and Women Together Foundation with Family Crisis Center and Friendship of Women, Inc.