Visitation centers provide a service that is part of a larger consortium of services designed to enhance safety and protection for children and adult victims of domestic violence. To be successful in fulfilling their mission, centers must operate within a collaborative framework that includes a partnership – a state, tribal, or local unit of government; a visitation center; a court; and a domestic violence or sexual assault program. This partnership allows communities to build their capacity for coordinated community responses; view the problems or challenges through diverse lenses; address existing systems and improve responses; and create a partnership and coordination among community entities in order to ensure continuity of services.

Community Collaboration Information
  • A Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence by Ellen Pence and Martha McMahon (1997). This article describes the eight aspects of a coordinated intervention model in domestic violence cases and introduces the notion of safety and accountability audits as an assessment planning and reform tool in the criminal justice field. Read this article
  • Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence by Melanie Shepard (2008). This paper places community mobilization within the context of the Battered Women’s Movement, explores guiding concepts and frameworks for community mobilization, and discusses the challenges of implementing community mobilization strategies. Read this paper
  • Preventing Family Violence: Community Engagement Makes the Difference by P. Catlin Fullwood, Futures Without Violence (2002). This report looks at the lessons learned from community-based efforts to counter family violence, focuses on five goals that emerged and that are critical to family violence prevention efforts, includes examples of groups that are addressing each of these goals, and provides a list of practical guidelines for effective community engagement to prevent family violence. Read this report
  • Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center is a national technical assistance, training, and resource center that advances new practices, skills, movement building, and policies to prevent violence against women and related forms of abuse, including domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, and gender-based bullying. Visit this website
Domestic Violence Information
  • Access Denied: The Barriers of Violence & Poverty for Abused Women and Their Children’s Search for Justice and Community Services After Separation by Peter Jaffe, Atkinson Foundation (2002). This report develops a comprehensive picture of women’s experiences while leaving abusive relationships and highlights the unique challenges associated with leaving abusive relationships and the gaps in policy and service delivery. Read this report
  • Power and Control Wheel by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. The Power and Control Wheel was developed from the experience of battered women in Duluth who had been abused by their male partners. It does not attempt to give a broad understanding of all violence in the home or community, but instead offers a more precise explanation of the tactics men use to batter women. View the Power and Control Wheel
Supervised Visitation and Exchange Information
  • 2006 Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Grant Programs Under the Violence Against Women Act by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The report on the Supervised Visitation Program begins on page 133. Read this report
  • Guiding Principles of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice (2007). This resource was created to guide the development of and administration of Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) centers with an eye toward addressing the needs of children and adult victims of domestic violence in visitation and exchange settings. The Guiding Principles look beyond the visitation and exchange setting to address how communities funded under the Supervised Visitation Program can address domestic violence in the larger community. Read the Guiding Principles