Uniting Children's Advocacy Centers
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Failure to Protect or Protective Factors?

Identifying Protective Factors in the Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

December 13, 2022 (Tuesday)
8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. (MST)

Who Should Attend

  • Victim Advocates
  • Forensic Interviewers
  • Therapists
  • SANE Nurses
  • Medical Professionals
  • CAC Staff/MDT Members
  • CPS


Ally Washenesky, First Witness CAC, Duluth, MN

Ally graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a focus in Mental Health and Criminal Justice Studies.

Learning Objectives

  • How to identify protective factors when Domestic Abuse co-occurs with child abuse investigations and how to advocate for a strength-based perspective with multi-disciplinary team members as a caregiver’s advocate
  • Participants will understand the rate and circumstances surrounding the co-occurrence of domestic abuse and child abuse through research-based concepts
  • Advocates working within a CAC (Child Advocacy Center) will recognize tactics to engage caregivers who have experienced their own victimization who are resistant to system participation
  • Participants will recognize alternate system roles within a multi-disciplinary team in response to investigations of domestic abuse involving a child and a CAC’s role within the multi-disciplinary team hierarchy

This training event is sponsored by the Children’s Alliance of Montana and the MCSART Program of the Montana Department of Justice Special Services Bureau.

Questions? Contact Dani Peterson at training@childrensalliancemt.org