Head Start programs can take steps to prepare and equip themselves to prevent and address domestic violence. From the individual to the programmatic level, it is important to create a collaborative approach. Program staff must have the opportunities and resources to learn more about domestic violence, ways to support families experiencing domestic violence, and strategies to promote healthy relationships.
A key part of this work is creating a culture where the health and well-being of program staff is prioritized by enhancing community partnerships. Domestic violence can affect those supporting families directly experiencing domestic violence, so it is crucial that program staff access the supportive services they need and engage in wellness practices regularly.
In this section, explore resources to help programs build and implement domestic violence prevention and response systems and practices.
There are four elements needed to have an effective conversation with families about their abusive experiences: Confidentiality, Universal Education, Empowerment, and Support (CUES). Explore this resource to learn about CUES, the evidence-based intervention that can be implemented to prevent and respond to domestic violence.
National Centers:Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Last Updated: December 2, 2019