Safe and Together™ Model Training

Posted on 13. Nov, 2017 by in Articles, News, Training

Over 100 leaders and frontline staff from both CYFD Protective Services and domestic violence programs came together for a one-day kick-off event to introduce the Safe and Together™ Model, a model Developed by David Mandel and the Safe and Together Institute. A national best practice and field-tested approach, the Safe and Together™ Model was designed to improve competencies and cross-system collaboration related to the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Through a collaborative effort between the NMCADV and CYFD, this statewide initiative was developed in response to increasing requests by both domestic violence victim service providers and child protective service workers to help in the assessment of domestic violence situations and to better improve cross-system collaboration.

This event was the first of a series of steps towards making long-term systemic changes in how we respond to children and families involved in protective services where domestic violence is present. Over the next few months, David Mandel and the Safe and Together Institute will conduct a statewide assessment of current policies and practices and will make recommendations based on the framework of the Safe and Together™ Model. A small Advisory group made up of content experts and frontline workers from both Protective Services and domestic violence programs will use these recommendations to help lay the groundwork for implementation of the model. A supplemental online course will also be offered at a later date to be determined. This collaborative effort between DV service providers and CYFD has brought much enthusiasm on both sides and reflects a shared goal of wanting better outcomes for families impacted by domestic violence in our state.

For more information about this initiative, please contact Shana Aldahl, Special Projects Coordinator with NMCADV at or Rebecca Edwards, DV Unit Supervisor for CYFD at


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