CHILD PROTECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS
Conducting the Investigation
Domestic Violence Assessment
Connecticut Department of Children
Date: October 1, 1996 (Revised)
||During an investigation if there are indications of domestic
violence, the investigator shall complete the DCF-2141, "Domestic Violence
The assessment requires asking specific questions of the victim
(usually the mother/wife), each child, and the alleged offender.
Important Note: Where domestic violence is suspected, care must be
taken to interview the alleged victims away from the alleged offender.
||Domestic Violence is the use, or threat of
physical or psychological harm inflicted by any household member, partner or former
partner, with the effect of establishing control by one individual over another. It may
occur along a continuum of severity and may include bodily injury or assault, sexual
abuse, economic oppression, isolation or intimidation.
|Indicators of Domestic Violence
||Indicators of domestic violence include the following:
- A household member, partner or former partner has threatened to, or has physically or
psychologically abused the spouse, partner, children or other household members including
- has used or threatened to use a weapon
- has evidenced depression, is paranoid or obsessed with the victim.
In combination with the above, the victim
- is afraid for his/her safety or that of the children
- previously lived with or had a relationship with someone who was violent
- is considering separation
- is pregnant.
|Determine Overall Risk
||The investigators primary responsibility is to
determine the overall risk to the children and to take appropriate action based on the
DCF-2090, "Risk Assessment" and the DCF-2141, "Domestic Violence
Note: If the parent/caretaker refuses services and
there is an immediate danger to the children, removal of the children must be considered.
||If there are indicators of domestic violence, the
investigator shall consult with his/her supervisor and the Regional Resource Group to
develop a safety plan which includes the following:
- have a co-worker accompany the investigator
- always be aware of "triggers" that may cause an individual to respond in a
- whenever possible, meet with the abuser in the office if there is a high level of risk.
See the Workers Safety Plan in the Domestic Violence Assessment.
||Cross-Reference: For additional information
concerning the subject of domestic violence, see Chapter 36,
Child Protective Assessment and Services.