Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

CPS: Reforming Child Protective Services Through Advocacy for Battered Women

This article sets out to improve how domestic violence advocates respond to CPS. After sketching the historical background of the current situation, it discusses the dilemmas that surround DV relationships with CPS, profiles battered women in the CPS caseload, summarizes what research says about the effects of DV on children, and suggests some practical applications for this knowledge.

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