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Handbook 4: Case Planning and Case Management Services
4-4.1  Domestic Violence Assessments

 

Case Planning and Case Management Services
4-4.1  Domestic Violence Assessments
Reference Points
Overview
Criteria for a Domestic Violence Assessment
Who Not to Refer for a Domestic Violence Assessment
Domestic Violence Assessment Referral Process
The Assessment Process
Assessment Service Recommendations
Contact


Reference Points
Effective Date: 11/1/07
Last Updated: 11/9/10
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Domestic Violence Assessment Referral Form (SCZ342A)



Overview  

Domestic Violence (DV) Assessments are designed to determine if there is intimate partner violence in a relationship and, if so, to determine the appropriate services for the parents who are assessed and being considered for court-ordered Family Maintenance or Family Reunification. 

Generally, DV Assessments must be court-ordered and  both parties need a Court order.  However, there may be opportunities when DV Assessments can be completed for clients receiving Informal Supervision (IS) services.  IS social workers may consult their supervisor or subject matter expert within the Department to discuss a referral for a DV Assessments.

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Criteria for a DV Assessment  

A Domestic Violence Assessment (DVA) should not be necessary, if there are clear indications that intimate partner violence exists in a relationship.  It is when there is some question as to whether this type of violence exists in a relationship that the social worker may request a further assessment to clearly identify the issues.  It is appropriate to request a DV Assessment under the following criteria:

  • Two parties who are involved in the relationship have to participate in the DV assessment. The assessment is not for one party.
    • Note: If the romantic partner is not a party to the matter he/she must be willing to participate for a DV assessment to be recommended. 
  • The parent is not currently on parole or probation due to an intimate partner violence conviction.

  • The parent does not have any intimate partner violence arrests or a reduced charge of disturbing the peace.

  • The parent does not have any convictions of intimate partner violence in in the past two years.

  • There is evidence that issues of "power and control" exist in the relationship and/or a family member has disclosed that intimate partner violence has occurred in the relationship.

Under special circumstances, a DV Assessment can be completed even if the criteria are not met, providing that there is an availability of staff and there is supervisory approval to make the referral for the assessment.  Social workers may consult their supervisor or subject matter expert within the Department to discuss a referral for a DV Assessments.

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Who Not to Refer for a DV Assessment  

When there are clear indications that intimate partner violence is an issue in a relationship, a Domestic Violence Assessment is not necessary.  It is not appropriate to refer parents who meet the following criteria for a intimate partner violence assessment:

  • The parent is on parole or probation due to a intimate partner violence conviction.

  • A parent who has had a intimate partner violence arrest in the past twelve months.

  • A parent who has a conviction of intimate partner violence in the past two years, with or without the same partner.

  • A parent who is presently incarcerated due to intimate partner violence or has been incarcerated.

Referrals that are determined by the DV assessor to be inappropriate will be returned to the social worker.  Social workers may consult their supervisor or subject matter expert within the Department to discuss a referral for a DV Assessments.

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DV Assessment Referral Process  

To make a referral for a Domestic Violence Assessment, the social worker:

  • Completes the Domestic Violence Assessment Referral Form (SCZ342A).

  • Forwards the referral to:

    Nancy Marshall

Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative

          111 N. Market St., Ste. 1015

          San Jose, CA  95113

 

 

Fax: (408) 294-6542

Email: nanc9618@aol.com

  •   Allow approximately 30 days for completion of the assessment.


  • Notifies the DV Assessor of updates regarding changes in addresses and telephone numbers of the parents.

  • Summarizes the findings and recommendations contained in the assessment in the next court report.

  • Attaches the assessment to the court report.
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The Assessment Process  

The Domestic Violence Assessment (DVA) is an individualized process.  The assessment is conducted by a DV assessor on a one-to-one basis with each of the individuals involved in the relationship.  There should always be a referral submitted for both of the individuals in the relationship.  It is not appropriate to refer only one of the individuals in the relationship.  The process for each individual takes approximately eight (8) hours to complete, more if the parent has special needs.  

The DV Assessor:

  • Contacts the clients to schedule the assessment appointment.
  • Meets with each of the individuals separately.
  • At the time of the assessment:
    • Conducts a brief orientation about the assessment process.
      • Confirm that the individual understands why he/she is participating in the assessment.
    • Gives a brief explanation of each of the questionnaires that the individual will be completing.
      • Is This Abuse? (questionnaire)
      • Lethality Questionnaire
      • Assessment of Relationship
      • intimate partner Violence Inventory (DVI)
    • Conducts a clinical interview, upon the individual's completion of the questionnaires.
  • Consults with the social worker on the case.
  • Reviews the case file.
  • Makes a determination as to whether intimate partner violence exits in the relationship.
    • The assessor determines whether there is a power differential in the relationship that equates into intimate partner violence.
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  • Writes an assessment report in which a recommendation for services is made.
  • Sends the completed assessment to the social worker who made the referral.
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Assessment Service Recommendations  

A component of the assessment report is a list of recommendations for services from which the individual may benefit.  Those services may include:

  • 52-Week Batterers' Intervention Program

  • 16-Week Accountability Classes

  • 52-Week Child Abusers Treatment Program

  • 16-Week Parenting without Violence

  • Closed-curriculum victims' support group

  • Individual therapy with a therapist who understands intimate partner violence dynamics

Additional recommendations for vocational training, visitation, future conjoint therapy or any other service or activity that would benefit the family may be listed.  As a reinforcement, the DV assessor may reiterate the court-ordered recommendations in the Domestic Violence Assessment Report.

 

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Contact  

Nancy Marshall

Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative

          111 N. Market St., Ste. 1015

          San Jose, CA  95113

  • Tel: 408) 294-0006 ext. 2

  • Fax: (408) 294-6542
  • Email: nanc9618@aol.com

 

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