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This resource section provides a library of publications developed under the Supervised Visitation Program, and it provides links to additional organizations working in the areas of supervised visitation and exchange and domestic violence.


Engage to Protect: Foundations for Supervised Visitation and Exch…

The approach to crafting policies described in this discussion paper has the Supervised Visitation Program’s Guiding Principles as its backdrop. It has been written primarily for centers that have elected to operate within those principles.…

Litigation Abuse During the Pretrial Process

This section is devoted to litigation abuse by abusive parents. It identifies the abusive litigation techniques used by abusive parents as a means to control the non-abusive parent and outlines steps judges can take to…

Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

This paper discusses the co-occurrence of substance abuse and intimate partner violence, highlights the special role of men’s drunkenness in intimate partner violence, examines substance abuse by victims of intimate partner violence, and presents issues…

New Perspectives on Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange: Orie…

This document provides an overview of a shift in practice. The shif includes the change from agency-centered intake to person-centered orientation as a framework for welcoming mothers, fathers, and children to the experience of supervised…

Fathering After Violence: Working with Abusive Fathers in Supervi…

This guide is intended to assist supervised visitation centers that want to enhance the safety and well-being of women and children by working more deliberately with abusive fathers who use the centers to visit their…

On Safety’s Side: Protecting Those Vulnerable to Violence

This document is an invitation to visitation centers serving families with a history of domestic violence to engage far more actively and broadly in the work of protecting victims of violence. Doing so involves protecting…

Responding to Stalking

Stalking is a serious and dangerous crime; yet, it is also often misunderstood, minimized, or overlooked entirely. Evidence of stalking—harassing phone calls or text messages, showing up at a victims’ school or work uninvited—is sometimes…

Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence by Melanie Sh…

This paper places community mobilization within the context of the Battered Women’s Movement, explores guiding concepts and frameworks for community mobilization, and discusses the challenges of implementing community mobilization strategies.

Beyond Observation: Considerations for Advancing Domestic Violenc…

This publication presents considerations for expanded practice in the supervised visitation and describes interventions that go beyond observation in the supervised visitation setting. The information for this publication comes from a number of sources, including…


Supervised Visitation Specific Information

  • Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
    The Family Violence and Domestic Relations Program (FVDR) of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women to support supervised visitation program communities in their efforts to increase their ability to assist families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. The FVDR provides communities with training on court-related, collaborative practice issues; tailored consultation on collaborating with the courts; and access to information on best practices for court and community collaboration.
  • Futures Without Violence
    Futures Without Violence (Futures) operates, among other programs, the Children and Families Program that focuses on improving community and system responses to children and their families experiencing domestic violence or child maltreatment. Futures works with domestic violence programs, batterer intervention programs, family and juvenile courts, responsible fatherhood groups, child welfare agencies, supervised visitation centers, and community organizers to influence and form effective collaborations and build partnerships to promote safe and healthy families.
  • Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
    The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides national leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to reduce violence against women through implementation of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Currently, OVW administers two formula grant programs and 17 discretionary grant programs, which were established under VAWA and subsequent legislation, including the Justice for Families Supervised Visitation Program.
  • Supervised Visitation Network
    The Supervised Visitation Network (SVN) is an international membership organization of professionals who provide supervised visitation and access services to families. SVN provides services and resources for agencies, individuals, and members, including opportunities for networking, information sharing, and training.

General Domestic Violence Information

These links are provided solely as a convenience to the user. Inclusion of these links is in no way an endorsement of the websites or contents of said websites by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K023 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this website/publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.