Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to virtual home visitation, we recognize that it is very difficult for New Parent Support Program staff to determine client safety, maintain confidentiality, and promote healthy parenting and relationships. The lack of privacy for conversations and heightened isolation makes it difficult to assess the home environment and figure out if coercion and abuse are happening to a client.
During this webinar, we review promising practices for home visitors within a virtual space. Reviewing how power and control issues may look different within the ‘shelter in place’ situation and how this might prevent clients from being able to disclose abuse or reach out for help. Talking about healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to help friends and family is a strategy that builds stronger client relationships and allows victims to hear about resources and ways to promote safety without disclosing domestic abuse. The intervention strategies we share are adapted for virtual home visitation.
Understand evolving practices around virtual home visitation and domestic violence (DV)
Learn CUES (Confidentiality, Universal Education + Empowerment, and Support), a trauma-informed evidenced-based intervention, to address domestic violence, adapted for virtual clinical visits.
Learn about virtual safer planning strategies during heightened isolation and advocacy resources
Rebecca Levenson, M.A., is a former Senior Policy Analyst and is now a consultant for FUTURES Without Violence. A nationally-recognized researcher, educator, advocate, and speaker, on domestic violence she has worked extensively within primary care, adolescent, reproductive, and perinatal health within federal and state programs, community clinics, FQHCs (Federally Qualified Health Centers), and home visitation programs for the past 22 years.
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This webinar is Part 2 of 2 webinars on the Healthy Moms, Happy Babies Curriculum! Watch the on-demand recording of Part 1, “Healthy Moms, Happy Babies I: Supporting Staff to Help Families Remotely,” on the webinar page here!
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366.