In January 2011, the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence published a report entitled Supporting Battered Mothers Protects Children: Reducing the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children. The report was created at the request of the Chairman of the Missouri Children’s Services Commission, Representative Jeff Grisamore. As it indicates in its acknowledgments “It contains the latest research on the prevalence of child exposure to domestic violence and best practices in addressing this violence. The report also includes recommendations on how the state of Missouri can better meet the needs of children and mothers experiencing violence.” In the section on the child welfare system’s response to domestic violence the report cites Connecticut’s application of the Safe and Together™ model as example of good practice for protecting children. In the recommendation section, the report highlights the Safe and Together™ work, which is sponsored by the Jackson County Missouri Safe Family Coalition and funded by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, as an example of a model effort promoting better collaboration between the Children’s Division and victim advocates. To read the report in entirety click here. To go the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence click here.