Bringing the Safe & Together Model to Ohio



The Safe & Together™ Model is an internationally recognized suite of tools and interventions designed to help child welfare professionals become domestic violence-informed.


Continuously refined through years of experience implementing the Model across the United States and other countries, it can help improve competencies and cross-system collaboration. This child-centered model derives its name from the concept that children are best served when we can work toward keeping them safe and together with the non-offending parent (the adult domestic violence survivor). The Model provides a framework for partnering with domestic violence survivors and intervening with domestic violence perpetrators in order to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children.


The Safe & Together™ Model, developed by the Safe & Together Institute, is used statewide in Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Michigan, Iowa, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. The Safe & Together Institute worked extensively with child welfare and children’s services in the United Kingdom. In Australia, the Safe & Together Institute staff consulted with elected officials, and provided training and technical assistance to child welfare agencies and their community partners.


Ohio approved the Safe & Together Model for a four-county training pilot in 2010 and has since committed to offering Safe & Together trainings to county child protective service agencies throughout the state.


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Safe & Together™ Model
CORE Training


Safe & Together Institute’s CORE Training is designed to provide a skills-oriented foundation for domestic violence-informed practice. Each day of training provides experiential classroom training focused on the following foundational practice areas:


Day 1 Assessment
Day 2 Interviewing
Day 3 Documentation
Day 4 Case Planning


CORE Training explores the importance of:
• Identifying the impact of domestic violence on children and family functioning.
• Fact-based assessment of the perpetrators’ behavior patterns.
• Partnering with adult survivors of domestic violence.
• Intervening with perpetrators.
• How domestic violence intersects with other issues like substance abuse and mental health.


For more information about CORE Training, click here.


Domestic Violence-Informed Supervisory Practice


Domestic violence is one of the most challenging case issues facing child welfare and other family service agencies. Handling it well requires skills, confidence and knowledge. Supervising workers in a domestic violence-related practice is one way to make sure employees have the support and guidance they need when working with adult and child survivors, intervening with perpetrators, and managing safety for themselves and the family.


In this updated, in-person training, supervisors and managers learn key skills to help their workers apply a perpetrator pattern-based approach to casework. The training is organized into three critical supervisory skills:

    1. Assessing and supporting the quality of their workers’ practice
    2. Decision making and worker guidance
    3. Managing worker safety


 For more information about the 2-Day Supervisor Training, click here.

Ohio Trainers

The Ohio IPV Collaborative works with Ohio-based trainers certified to teach the Safe & Together Model.

These trainers are from child protection, DV advocacy, and State-level policy fields, each with at least 10 years of experience in child welfare and domestic violence work. Trainers are selected for each session based on location and availability. 

Safe & Together™ Model Trainer Certification Program


Additional Training Resources