Free Resources for Professionals

At the Safe & Together Institute (S&TI), we value the passion and enthusiasm that drives practitioners to share best practice and raise awareness of the Safe & Together™ Model. Managing the intellectual property associated with the Model is critical to sustaining our organisation and its role in supporting practice and systems change.

We are deeply committed to our mission: creating and sustaining a network of domestic abuse-informed communities, systems and practitioners. We want nothing less than the global transformation of practice in domestic violence cases involving children. There are no shortcuts to deliver the goal of shifting practice from a “failure to protect” to a perpetrator pattern-based approach. To support the achievement of this paradigm shift, we are constantly seeking multiple ways to promote change. We want to highlight different ways that dissemination of learning can be achieved whilst:

a) maintaining the fidelity and quality of the model
b) promoting broad, open sharing of ideas and concepts associated with domestic abuse-informed practice and
c) maintaining clear usage boundaries.

No-cost options to disseminate learning about S&T – open to anyone

The following options have been developed by the S&T Institute specifically to support wider dissemination of learning at no cost.

Access to FREE materials on the Safe & Together Institute website:

S&T in action, including:
Connecticut Judicial Guidebook
Ohio Supreme Court Benchcard
New York Colocated Advocates
Oregon, Colorado and Florida Child Welfare and Integration Guides
Articles and chapters by David Mandel
Reports from the S&T Institute and their partners
Outreach and awareness materials
• Domestic violence-informed blogs
• Access to FREE videos on the S&T Institute YouTube Channel

Articles & Papers (partial list)
There are many websites, articles and papers which reference S&T and its use in practice. The following is a partial list of those articles. Visit our website as we update this list periodically.

The City of Edinburgh Council. (2017): Safe and Together Edinburgh: Implementation Report The City of Edinburgh Council.

Brittany DiBella, MSW, DVS; Judy L. Postmus, Ph.D., ACSW; Cassandra Simmel, MSW, Ph.D.; Catherine Buttner, MSW; Caitlin Eckert, MSW, LSW. (2016). An Overview of Systems Collaboration Efforts to Address the Co-occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment. Retrieved from Rutgers School of Social Work website:

Heward-Belle, S., Humphreys C., Toivonen, C. & Tsantefski, M. (2019). Invisible Practices: Interventions With Men Who Use Violence and Control. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 34(3), 369–382.

Humphreys, C., & Healey, L. (2017). PAThways and Research Into Collaborative Inter-Agency practice: Collaborative work across the child protection and specialist domestic and family violence interface: Final report. Sydney: ANROWS.

Healey, L., Humphreys, C. & Mandel, D. (2018): Case Reading as a Practice and Training Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Protection, Australian Social Work, DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2017.1413666

Healey, L., Humphreys, C., Tsantefski, M., Heward-Belle, S., Mandel, D., & Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited. (2018). Invisible practices intervention with fathers who use violence. Retrieved from

Humphries, C. & Nicholson, D. (2017): Multi-agency Triage Project: Final Report. The University of Melbourne.

Mandel, D. (2009). Batterers in the lives of their Children. In Stark, Evan, and Eve Buzawa. Violence against women in families and relationships. Evan Stark & EVE BUZAWA. ABC-CLIO, 2009.

Mandel, D. & Rankin, H. (2018). Working with Men as Parents: Becoming Father-Inclusive to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes in Domestic Violence Cases. Columbus, OH: Family and Youth Law Center, Capital University Law School.

Rothman, E. F., Mandel, D. G., & Silverman, J. G. (2007). Abusers’ Perceptions of the Effect of Their Intimate Partner Violence on Children. Violence Against Women, 13(11), 1179-1191.

Use of S&T Slides
The following slides can be used in briefings, presentations or training with permission and citation. They should be used in a way which is consistent with the model – using the language from the ‘Glossary of Terms’
Domestic violence-informed continuum
• Principles
• Critical Components
• Multiple Pathways to Harm (can only be used in presentations only by people who have completed the CORE Training)

Shared slides should include the S&T Copyright statement:
© Copyright 2019 Safe & Together Institute. All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

If you are seeking to share slides please request permission using the website contact form. We may share additional slides with you which outline the S&T Institute’s contact information, existing or new materials and upcoming local and international events.

Use of S&T Handouts
The following handouts can be used:
Domestic violence-informed continuum of practice
• Glossary of terms

Citation for Handouts is in the following format:
Mandel, D. (2015). Safe & Together Model: Domestic Violence Informed Continuum of Practice. Safe & Together Institute.
Mandel, D. (2019). Safe & Together Model: Glossary of Terms. Safe & Together Institute.

To access the handouts please contact us using the website contact form.

S&T Practice Tools received during training are for use in relation to case practice. For example, the Mapping Perpetrators’ Pattern tool can be used in relation to specific cases:
• by individual workers
• during supervision
• in group case discussions
• during case consultations

Use of S&T Concepts and Terms

The S&TI institute has developed terminology that helps describe the Model and domestic-violence informed practice. They are outlined in the Glossary of Terms. We respectfully request citation back to the S&TI for certain key terms within in the Glossary and that terms are used in line with the definitions within the document. This includes:
• Safe & Together™ Model
• Perpetrator pattern-based approach
• Perpetration as a parenting choice
• Pivoting to the perpetrator
• Multiple pathways to harm
• Domestic violence-informed
• Domestic violence-destructive
• Domestic violence-neglectful
• Domestic violence pre-competent
• Domestic violence-competent
• Domestic violence proficient

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