While there are many strategies needed to address worker safety, reflective supervision is one critical way for agencies to advance their domestic violence practice. The following are some basic questions that supervisors need to ask their workers in all domestic violence cases:
These kinds of questions should be a standard part of reflective supervision in domestic violence cases. Along with these changes to supervision, the agency can look at wider initiatives to help increase worker safety.
Here are some ideas for wider systems change that would support worker safety in domestic violence cases:
Implementing these organizational changes can help an agency move toward its goal of being domestic violence-informed.
In Part I of this blog, learn more about the context for supervisory and organizational strategies to promote worker safety.
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