Research estimates over 3300 children the US each year lose a parent to intimate partner homicide (IPH). This webinar will focus on the intersection of domestic violence fatality review (DVFR) and what happens to these children following such a particular horrific event and traumatic loss.
Though beyond the purview and mandate of the DVFR process, teams around the country have questioned what happens to the children in the aftermath of an IPH. This critical observation and concern led to the creation of The Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI), a first-of-its kind victim service project that is addressing the complex needs of child IPH survivors, their caregivers, and families. Holly Hulen, ACASI Project Director, will discuss how the work of DVFR teams provided the blueprint for the ACASI project and give an overview of ACASI’s statewide, wraparound services.
Melissa Rhodes, ACASI Clinical Director, will discuss the experiences and complex needs of children who survive the loss of a parent (or both) to intimate partner homicide, and their families. She will discuss therapeutic support services and share lessons learned from the project’s four years of providing services specifically developed to meet the healing, economic stabilization and justice needs of an acutely vulnerable, underserved victim population.
We’ll conclude by making the case for a systematic national or state method for identifying child IPH victims and state or local protocols to ensure these children and their families have access to the services and support they need.