Visitation centers funded under the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) provide a service that is part of a larger consortium of services designed to enhance safety and protection for children and adult victims of domestic violence. To be successful in fulfilling their mission, Supervised Visitation Program centers must operate within a collaborative framework that includes a core partnership – a state, tribal, or local unit of government; a visitation center; a court; and a domestic violence or sexual assault program. This partnership allows Supervised Visitation Program grantee communities to build their capacity for coordinated community responses; view the problems or challenges through diverse lenses; address existing systems and improve responses; and create a partnership and coordination among community entities in order to ensure continuity of services.

Community Collaboration Information
  • A Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence by Ellen Pence and Martha McMahon (1997). This article describes the eight aspects of a coordinated intervention model in domestic violence cases and introduces the notion of safety and accountability audits as an assessment planning and reform tool in the criminal justice field. Read this article
  • Mobilizing Communities to Prevent Domestic Violence by Melanie Shepard (2008). 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. Read this paper
  • Preventing Family Violence: Community Engagement Makes the Difference by P. Catlin Fullwood, Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) (2002). This report looks at the lessons learned from community-based efforts to counter family violence, focuses on five goals that emerged and that are critical to family violence prevention efforts, includes examples of groups that are addressing each of these goals, and provides a list of practical guidelines for effective community engagement to prevent family violence. Read this report
  • Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center is a national technical assistance, training, and resource center that advances new practices, skills, movement building, and policies to prevent violence against women and related forms of abuse, including domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, and gender-based bullying. Visit this website
Domestic Violence Information
  • Access Denied: The Barriers of Violence & Poverty for Abused Women and Their Children’s Search for Justice and Community Services After Separation by Peter Jaffe, Atkinson Foundation (2002). This report develops a comprehensive picture of women’s experiences while leaving abusive relationships and highlights the unique challenges associated with leaving abusive relationships and the gaps in policy and service delivery. Read this report
  • Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children by Jeffrey L. Edelson and Jessie Bills, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota (2009). This online learning module addresses the impact of adult-to-adult domestic violence on the lives of children. It details how children are exposed to domestic violence and discusses current research findings. Review this learning module
  • Power and Control Wheel by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. The Power and Control Wheel was developed from the experience of battered women in Duluth who had been abused by their male partners. It does not attempt to give a broad understanding of all violence in the home or community, but instead offers a more precise explanation of the tactics men use to batter women. View the Power and Control Wheel
Supervised Visitation and Exchange Information
  • 2006 Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Grant Programs Under the Violence Against Women Act by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The report on the Supervised Visitation Program begins on page 133. Read this report
  • An Exploratory Study of Supervised Access and Custody Exchange Services: The Parental Experience by Barbara E. Flory et al. in Vol. 39, No. 4 of Family Court Review (2001). This exploratory study investigates the ability of a supervised visitation and custody exchange center to function as a safe visitation enforcement mechanism of the court and finds that supervised visitation and custody exchange centers that function in partnership with family court during the interim court processes can address the unmet needs of family court and high-conflict domestic disputants. Read this study
  • Guiding Principles of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice (2007). This resource was created to guide the development of and administration of Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) centers with an eye toward addressing the needs of children and adult victims of domestic violence in visitation and exchange settings. The Guiding Principles look beyond the visitation and exchange setting to address how communities funded under the Supervised Visitation Program can address domestic violence in the larger community. Read the Guiding Principles
  • Supervised Visitation in Cases of Domestic Violence by Maureen Sheeran and Scott Hampton in Vol. 50, No. 2 of the Juvenile and Family Court Journal (1999). This article looks at the risks perpetrators of domestic violence pose to their children, especially after separation and the unique challenges domestic violence presents in the context of parent-child visitation and how states are moving to address those problems. It provides a glance at the growing field of supervised visitation programs that work with families experiencing domestic violence and looks at the important issues domestic violence raises within their caseloads. Read this article
  • Supervised Visitation: The Families and Their Experiences by Jessica Pearson and Nancy Thoennes in Vol. 38, No. 1 of the Family and Conciliation Courts Review (2000). This article presents a portrait of families receiving supervised visitation services as a result of custody, visitation, or family violence problems. The data presented in this article fills information gaps on the types of families using supervised visitation programs, the types of services they receive, how they enter and exit programs, and their experiences with visitation after leaving. Read this article
  • Traumatized Children in Supervised Visitation: What do They Need? by Janet R. Johnston and Robert B. Strauss in Vol. 37, No. 2 of the Family and Conciliation Courts Review (1999). This article reviews the range of trauma experienced by many children in supervised visitation services and describes common themes in the development of their personalities from clinical and research findings. Read this article