Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare Professional: Tips for Documentation

Learn how domestic violence documentation can help hold perpetrators accountable and promote survivor safety and well-being.

Publication year: 2017
Capacity Building Center for States


Describes domestic violence documentation, including its role in court, holding perpetrators accountable, and promoting survivor safety and well-being. This tip sheet provides foundational information on using effective documentation language and documenting controlling behaviors and tactics, protective efforts, and the impact of abuse, and provides supporting examples. This publication is part of the Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare Professional series.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2017). Domestic violence and the child welfare professional: Tips for documentation. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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