This Community Self-Assessment Tool is designed to assist child protection, domestic violence, mental health or juvenile court systems to communicate more effectively together on behalf of families that are experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment and are involved in multiple systems. This document is intended to assist communities which have already begun some kind of collaborative process. Experience tells us that collaboration is a strategy to achieve better outcomes for families, not an end goal.
It is our hope that this Assessment Tool will help you to refine your questions and goals, specify and document the difficulties you see, maximize your assets and discover any needs for technical assistance you may have. The document is not intended to be linear, and we encourage you to examine the questions that hold the most meaning for you. Once you have reviewed this document and answered some of the questions, staff from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Futures Without Violence would be happy to assist you in further exploring where your community is on addressing the issue and to identify any technical assistance activities that would help further your work on this issue. We understand that this Assessment Tool comes at one moment in an evolving process in your community, and that even as you work on the self-assessment perceptions and relationships are changing.
The Community Self-Assessment Tool is available as a digital download only.
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