This page is intended for CPI and CPS caseworkers whose cases fall within the intersection of domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. We look forward to collaborating with you to make our community a safer place. Below is information about resources available to CPS-involved clients and the impact that it can have on their life and their child's/children's lives. If you have any questions or need a consultation prior to making a referral, contact Sarah Lehman at SLehman@dcfof.org or 940-387-5131 x258.

TIPS BEFORE YOU MAKE A REFERRAL

  • If you have immediate safety concerns for your client, contact Sarah Lehman at SLehman@dcfof.org or 940-387-5131 x258. If she does not answer call the DCFOF Crisis Line at 940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031
  • Please note, when providing DCFOF with a "safe number" that means that you have spoken with this client, verified that it is a safe number, verified that it is safe to leave a voicemail, and verified that it is safe for a DCFOF employee to indentify
  • Tell the client that DCFOF will call them from a blocked/unknown number and ask them to empty their voicemail box
  • Anyone referred to ADVANCE should have a partner referred to BIPP
  • Talk with them about creating a domestic violence safety plan
  • Hold the abusive partner accountable with your wording

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ABOUT ADVANCE

ADVANCE | Acknowledging Domestic Violence and Navigating Child-Protection Effectively

ADVANCE is a great referral for clients that you believe could be a victim of domestic violence but maybe aren't ready to face that reality for themselves. It is a 7-week psycho-educational group, in addition to an orientation, created for CPS-involved clients to address issues faced by domestic violence victims and the impact of domestic violence on children. This group is appropriate for clients whom CPS believes have been or are currently the victim of domestic violence, even if the client is not currently identifying as a victim. A client does not have to complete an intake appointment or access other services at DCFOF to participate in ADVANCE. 

If you have a CPS-involved client that you would like to refer to ADVANCE, please fill out the form below:

ADVANCE REFERRAL

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ABOUT BIPP

BIPP | Battering Intervention and Prevention Program

The purpose of the Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) is to help people who are abusive or become violent in intimate relationships learn to make better choices, end their abusive behaviors, and become accountable for their choices. We have two class options available depending on if you are referring a client with or without a 2054.

2054 Referral

DCFOF has a contract with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide a customized program through form 2054! This allows clients with limited financial means to access the great benefits that a battering intervention program can provide. Unlike our Traditional BIPP Services, this program is at no cost to the client. Referral to the 2054 BIPP begins with an initial Domestic Violence Assessment (1 unit – 86K) and is followed by enrollment into a 18-week BIPP Group (36 units – 86L) covering the topics of: Responsible Parenting, Fatherhood, Nonthreating/Nonviolence, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Partnership, Sexual Respect, Impact of DV on Children, and Lisa 911 discussion. The group facilitator will forward a Monthly Treatment Report (MTR) to CPS noting the participant’s progress in the program.

If you would like to refer a client to our 2054 DV Assessment and BIPP services, complete the BIPP referral below and upload the 2054 with your submission! (DCFOF-BIPP is a TDCJ-CJAD Accredited provider and is the only State-funded program in Denton County.)

Traditional BIPP Program

BIPP is a 27-week psycho-educational course covering 10 topics: Responsible Parenting, Nonviolence, Nonthreatening Behavior, Respect, Trust and Support, Honesty and Accountability, Economic Partnership, Shares Responsibility, Sexual Respect, and Negotiation and Fairness. All BIPP services are provided in a group format and some group participants may also qualify for free individual counseling depending on their need for specialized services. This is the only program provided by DCFOF that is not free, at a fee of $30 per week paid by the client. However, the participant may apply for a Reduction-in-Fee. If qualified, the group fee would be reduced depending on the financial need of the participant. We assess fees on a case-by-case basis. The group facilitator will forward a Monthly Treatment Report (MTR) to CPS noting the participant’s progress in the program. Although many of our BIPP clients are court ordered to attend as part of their probation or parole, the groups are open to individuals who recognize their own abusive behavior and want to change. (DCFOF-BIPP is a TDCJ-CJAD Accredited provider and is the only State-funded program in Denton County.) 

If you have a CPS-involved client that you would like to refer to BIPP, please fill out the form below:

BIPP REFERRAL (ATTACH 2054 IN THE FORM SUBMISSION)

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ABOUT VICTIM SERVICES

Denton County Friends of the Family provides compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence while partnering with our community to promote safety, hope, healing, prevention, and justice. We offer services completely free of charge to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault such as emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, legal services, advocacy and case management, play and activity therapy, transitional housing, community education, a 24-hour crisis line, hospital and court accompaniment, a thrift store and a food pantry. The only service that is not free is the BIPP program for perpetrators of domestic violence. Referring your clients to ADVANCE, and/or the abusive partner to BIPP, may be the step that they need to learn more about these other services and start on a path of healing and recovery for themselves and their children. Learn more about our other programs below!

CHILDREN'S PROGRAM

COUNSELING

ADVOCACY & LEGAL SERVICES

SHELTER

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING

THRIFT STORE

SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES

CRISIS LINE

PREVENTION, EDUCATION, AND AWARENESS PROGRAM

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TRAINING RESOURCES

Below are links to helpful tools and resources for CPI and CPS workers that encounter domestic violence.

First Impressions

Produced for the Attorney General's Office, this First Impressions video is a must-watch! We learn about the effects of domestic violence on young children. Just like a flower, if a child's brain is nourished it blooms, and if it is stressed, it wilts...

Safe & Together Institute

The mission of the Safe & Together Institute is to create, nurture and sustain a global network of domestic violence-informed child welfare professionals, communities and systems. The Institute offers a full range of trainings and systems consultations along with tools to help communities, agencies, and professionals become more domestic violence-informed.

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Futures Without Violence | Greenbook Initiative

Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

Effective Interventions offers a comprehensive set of policy recommendations designed to increase safety for mothers and children experiencing both domestic violence and child maltreatment. These guidelines target three systems – battered women’s advocates, child protection services and family court judges – with the goal of keeping mothers and children safe and together and avoiding unnecessary out-of-home placement.

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Duluth Model Power & Control Wheels

Battering is one form of domestic or intimate partner violence. It is characterized by the pattern of actions that an individual uses to intentionally control or dominate his intimate partner. That is why the words “power and control” are in the center of the wheel. A batterer systematically uses threats, intimidation, and coercion to instill fear in his partner. These behaviors are the spokes of the wheel. Physical and sexual violence holds it all together—this violence is the rim of the wheel.

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Invisible Chains | Coercive Control Checklist

When you are showered with attention, it can feel incredibly romantic and can blind you to hints of problems ahead. But what happens when attentiveness becomes domination? In some relationships, the desire to control leads to jealousy, threats, micromanaging—even physical violence. If you or someone you care about is trapped in a web of coercive control, this book provides answers, hope, and a way out. Read Lisa Aronson Fontes's book, Invisible Chains, and check out the Coercive Control Checklist from her book below.

BUY THE BOOK

COERCIVE CONTROL CHECKLIST

Texas Council on Family Violence | Safety Plans & Resources

TCFV provides downloadable, print ready brochures and collateral free of charge to family violence organizations and our allies. These materials are available for download only. Learn more about the Texas Council on Family Violence and creating a personalized safety plan with your clients below.

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TCFV PERSONALIZED SAFETY PLAN

Typical warning signs of abuse - Preview

Typical warning signs of abuse

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence - Preview

1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017 - Preview

591 clients were served through legal services in 2017