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  • Domestic Violence Training

    Northnode has developed a comprehensive Domestic Violence Training for New Staff and Volunteers that gives helping professionals the information they need to understand and respond to those who struggle with partner violence.

    We offer training for trainers in the use of the curriculum and can provide training for direct service providers and other professionals interested in learning about domestic violence.

    We are also pleased to offer the curriculum and training materials that experienced domestic violence trainers can adapt to meet their particular program or agency needs.

    In addition, our services are available to assist with adaptations to particular communities.

    For more information about the curriculum, training materials, and training, please click here.

  • Evaluation of Clinical Services for Children Affected by Domestic Violence
    Under a contract with the Domestic Violence Unit of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Northnode, Inc. and nine DSS-funded agencies/collaboratives that provide clinical services to children affected by adult domestic violence worked together to evaluate the impact of group services for children. To accomplish this, the group, with key assistance from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, developed a curriculum for a 12-week therapeutic group for children between eight and 12 who have been affected by adult domestic violence.
  • The Children of Domestic Violence
    • The Trauma of Domestic Violence: Creating Safe and Supportive Environments for Children in Child Care Programs.
      An evaluation of a statewide effort to train childcare providers on the impact of domestic violence on children. In 2000, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services) offered training on the impact of domestic violence on women and children for over 1,200 child care providers from every region of the commonwealth. In this report, Northnode evaluated the extent to which participants obtained new knowledge about domestic violence and its effects on children and suggested steps that might be taken to improve on such a training effort in the future.

    • The Children of Domestic Violence. A report of an inter-system collaboration in Massachusetts, envisioned and facilitated by Judith Lennett in 1994, which documents the impact of domestic violence on children and recommends state level policies aimed at developing integrated community responses to both adult and child victims of domestic violence.

    • Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence in Contested Custody and Visitation Litigation, Judith Lennett, Pauline Quirion, Chanda Tuck, and Kristen Lund (B.U. Public Interest Law Journal, Vol. 6, No. 2, Winter 1997). This article makes the case for a presumption against granting custody or unprotected visitation to perpetrators of domestic violence. The article reviews the literature on the impact of domestic violence on children, suggesting that where domestic violence is present in a family, the "best interest of the child" standard can only be met if judges begin their inquiry by assuming that continued exposure to violence is harmful to children and by issuing custody and visitation orders that make the child's safety a priority.
  • Domestic Violence Among Low-Income Women
    This inter-system research project was initiated by Judith Lennett and conducted by the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1995. The project documented low-income women's experience of domestic violence.

    The following reports describe the project.

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