Family Violence

For many victims of domestic violence, child support offers financial independence from an abusive partner.  At the same time research shows that the birth of a child, establishing paternity and a child support order, and enforcing child support can be triggers for violence.

Because the child support program serves both parents, it has a unique role in reducing risks and increasing safety for victims.  To promote safe access to child support, OCSE works with state, local, and tribal child support programs to partner with domestic violence, fatherhood, and child welfare programs.  Check out the resources and tools on this page that 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, contact the toll free National Domestic Violence Hotline Visit disclaimer page at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for information and resources near you.


Top Family Violence Resources

Case Worker Desk Card

April 17, 2012

Steps to helping domestic violence victims safely establish financial independence through pursuing child support

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Safely Pursuing Child Support - Training Tools

April 17, 2012

Helps child support offices identify and address domestic violence issues and safely pursue child support for their customers

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Safe Access to Child Support Services: Scope of the Issue

October 21, 2015

Presents new tool state agencies can use in collaboration with domestic violence experts to enhance safety practices

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Domestic Violence Technical Assistance

October 31, 2018

Federal staff provide training and technical assistance to child support professionals to increase safety for domestic violence survivors

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Model Procedures for Domestic Violence Cases

August 21, 2019

Provides guidance and model procedures for child support staff when processing cases involving domestic violence

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Child Support When You're Afraid of the Other Parent

October 21, 2019

A guide to help parents who have experienced domestic violence assess safety for receiving child support services

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