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Progress Report: Domestic Violence Program Improves Coordination, But Lacks Data on Long-Term Effect of Services, Report No. 02-19, March 2002
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  • In response to our 2000 report, the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Victims of Domestic Violence Program acted to improve coordination with the Child Protection Program.  Specifically, DCF mandated that family service counselors complete competency-based pre-service training as part of the certification process. The department also required child protection staff to complete a risk assessment and background screening for all household members in all reports received.  Finally, DCF has continued to monitor certified domestic violence shelters and child protection offices to ensure that they have effective departmental agreements. 
  • However, the program has not collected information to assess whether its services help victims remain permanently safe from domestic violence.  Instead, it has planned a new monitoring initiative for safety plans beginning in July 2002 to improve program effectiveness.  Nevertheless, we continue to believe the program should collect data to improve assessment of its long-term effectiveness.

What were our earlier findings?

Report No. 00-03 Justification Review: Domestic Violence Shelters Keep Victims Safe, Need Data on Long-Term Effects, published in August 2000.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Domestic Violence
Family Safety
Child Abuse and Neglect
Florida Abuse Hotline

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