Family Violence

DV AwarenessFor many victims of domestic violence, child support represents an opportunity to establish and maintain economic independence from an abusive partner. At the same time, the child support process may introduce safety concerns for some victims. Research shows that the birth of a child, the establishment of a child support order, and child support enforcement activities can all be triggers for violence.

Because the child support program serves both parents, it plays a unique role in reducing the risk of violence and helping survivors pursue child support safely.  OCSE is working with state, local, and tribal child support programs to promote safe access to child support services through collaboration with domestic violence, fatherhood, and child welfare organizations.
This page features a wide range of resources and tools child support programs can use to help victims safely and confidentially obtain child support.

If you are a parent or family member concerned about family violence, please consider visiting the National Domestic Violence Hotline ( or call The Hotline toll free 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for information and resources near you 

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