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. The guidelines were developed in 1999 by leading family court judges and experts on child maltreatment and domestic violence – experts convened by the National Council on Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).
From 2000-2007, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice funded six demonstration sites across the country. The demonstration sites joined battered women’s organizations, child protection agencies, the courts, and other partners in implementing the Greenbook’s recommendations. NCJFCJ, Futures Without Violence and the American Public Humane Association provided technical assistance to the sites. Every local site was evaluated individually, and a comprehensive national evaluation was conducted at the completion of the initiative.
Many lessons were learned and products such as training curricula, community assessment tools and multimedia materials were developed and collected to assist others in doing this work. Visit the Greenbook initiative website for more information and resources. View the Summary of the Guidelines.
The Greenbook is available as a digital download only.