New FYSB Resource Addresses Domestic Violence and Home Visitation

Photograph of a mother kissing her smiling baby.FYSB grantee Futures Without Violence is working to transform how home visitors address and support families facing abusd through its tools and program entitled "Healthy Moms, Happy Babies: A Train the Trainer Curriculum on Domestic Violence, Reproductive Coercion, and Children Exposed." Healthy Moms, Happy Babies: Train the Trainers Curriculum was created to support states and their home visitation programs in developing a core competency strategy, ensuring that all home visitation programs are equipped to help women and children living in homes with domestic violence. This interactive training includes discussion questions, video clips, role-plays, and other exercises. The following topics are covered in the curriculum:

  • How Domestic Violence Affects Home Visitation Goals and Staffing
  • Brief Overview of Domestic Violence: Definitions and Dynamics
  • Screening and Safety Planning for Domestic Violence in Home Visitation
  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Perinatal Health Outcomes
  • Making the Connection: Domestic and Sexual Violence and Reproductive Coercion
  • The Effects of Domestic Violence on Children
  • Impact of Violence on Mothering and Promoting Resiliency for Children
  • Childhood Exposure to Violence and Its Impact on Parenting
  • Preparing Your Program And Supporting Staff Exposed to Violence and Trauma
  • Fathering After Violence
  • Mandated Reporting for Child Abuse: Challenges and Considerations

The curriculum provides a wide range of resources that are designed to support home visitors in addressing family violence. An assessment tool for domestic violence called Women’s Experiences with Battering (WEB) that has been piloted and adapted for use during home visitors is provided. Two safety cards that have been developed for use during have visits are demonstrated through role plays and video vignettes. The Healthy Moms, Happy Babies safety card is designed to facilitate talking with clients about healthy relationships, assessing for domestic violence, and discussing safety planning when violence is disclosed. A second safety card called Loving Parents, Loving Kids is used by home visitors to educate parents about how childhood exposure to violence can affect parenting and strategies to support parents and children exposed to violence. Other resources include the First Impressions DVD, a resource designed to educate parents about how exposure to domestic violence can impact early brain development, and the DVD, Something My Father Would Do, which features men who describe their experiences of growing up in violent households and how it influenced their lives, relationships, and parenting skills. Pre-training and post-training surveys are provided with the curriculum. To order hard copies, please email health@futureswithoutviolence.org.  For more information visit www.futureswithoutviolence.org.