…SDM households change e.g. the family separates during life of case?
How do we use SDM tools in this situation?
Supervisors need to be on the lookout for indicators of fear or resistance.
This will not always be directly disclosed. Supervisors need to be on the lookout for indicators of fear or resistance. This could include not finding the perpetrator, or not bringing back details of conversation about violence. Supervisors need to be clear about their expectations related to engagement of perpetrators, and to offer non-judgemental support for their workers in this area. Having workers shadow a domestic-violence informed worker interviewing the perpetrator may be one option to help them build confidence.
Supervisors should use pivoting as practice tool to help the workers shift their focus back to the perpetrator. Ask, “Who is the person who caused the harm we are worried about?”
The supervisor needs to ask specific behaviorally focused questions that encompass not just safety but child well being and family functioning, e.g., “what are the ways this mother has helped soothe her children and help them heal after each incident of violence?” “How has she continued to meet the children’s basic needs and get them to school in the face of the father’s abusive and controlling behavior?”
The supervisors needs to use the “intersections” framework to ask questions about how the perpetrator’s pattern may be impacting these other issues, e.g., “What do we know about her relapses? How has his behavior helped or hindered her sobriety?”