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National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families
Issue 39 | April 2016
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Keeping Our Families Safe
A Note from the Director
The Resource Center promotes the integration of healthy relationship education as part of a holistic approach to strengthening families. One of the most important benefits of healthy relationship education is learning to recognize unhealthy or abusive behavior. When we hear terms like domestic violence and child abuse, we often think of physical violence. Unfortunately, taking such a narrow view can cause us to miss the warning signs of an abusive couple or parent-child relationship.

In an effort to increase awareness of the many forms of abuse and provide culturally relevant resources to help social service providers, we have assembled a Family Violence Prevention Panel to support us in this work. The panel includes a diverse group of experts representing various populations and perspectives on family violence prevention. We look forward to working with them to ensure we are providing you and the families you serve with the most up-to-date research and relevant information on this important topic.

Best regards,

Robyn Cenizal, Project Director
Tips of the Month
Healthy relationship education has positive impacts on a child’s well-being, development, and outcomes. Children’s safety and health improve when the adults in their lives have healthy relationships. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Service providers can play a part in mitigating and responding to child abuse and child maltreatment cases by following these tips:
  • Understand policies regarding mandated reporting of child abuse and maltreatment.
  • Help couples strengthen their relationships, manage conflict, and jointly navigate parental responsibilities.
  • Help clients normalize low levels of conflict by telling them that all couples argue; how they argue will impact their child.
  • Encourage clients to set a good example for their child by taking care of their own health.
Find more tips in the Resource Center’s Child Welfare and Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education research-to-practice brief.
Featured Resources
The Resource Center's Virtual Library has collected approximately 1,200 materials in a variety of formats including fact sheets, research-to-practice briefs, brochures, pamphlets, training resources, program reports or evaluations, and research materials.
Select the links below to view our featured April resources:
  •  Family Violence Prevention: A Toolkit for Stakeholders
This toolkit provides information and resources to assist stakeholders in incorporating domestic violence and child maltreatment awareness into service provision, including information that will increase their understanding of these issues. It will also help them identify other beneficial resources or referrals in the community that may support their efforts to institute healthy relationship policies and practices.

  •  Child Welfare and Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education: A Research to Practice Brief
This brief provides a summary of key research findings related to the child welfare field; describes how strengthening couple and co-parenting relationships encourages family stability and consequently child safety, permanence, and well-being; and explains how integrating healthy marriage and relationship education strategies into child welfare services can contribute to this effort.

  •  Adverse Childhood Experiences in Tennessee
In 2012, the Tennessee Department of Health included the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) module in the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a telephone survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to analyze how ACEs affect the state’s general population. This report summarizes the findings from the analysis that indicate ACEs are widespread, common, and prevalent in Tennessee.

The Resource Center's Events Calendar offers a listing of Resource Center events and other national, regional, and community-wide events that might be of interest. Upcoming events include:
  •  Private No More: Integrating Domestic Violence Awareness in the Work of Family Life Education Webinar April 14, 2016, 11:00 am-12:30 p.m. CT
In this webinar, Michael Fleming, Ph.D., CFLE, will discuss how domestic violence may manifest itself in the work of family life education. Unfortunately, many educators and practitioners are not trained to recognize the dynamics of violence beyond those associated with physical abuse. The webinar will include discussion of avenues of prevention and a multi-systemic framework that family life educators and practitioners can use. Information shared in this webinar should be of interest to practitioners, educators, those teaching in CFLE-approved programs, and those seeking to become more proactive in helping to prevent domestic violence.

  •  Registration Open: National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, May 24-26, 2016
Conference attendees are workforce professionals from across the nation, including One-Stop Center/AJC Staff, Job Developers, Reentry Specialists, Youth Build Grantees, Community College Representatives, Job Corps Professionals, Senior Community and Employment Service Providers, Business and Employer Representatives, WIB Executive Directors, Career and Guidance Counselors, Juvenile Justice Specialists, Educators, and Trainers.

Feedback and Technical Assistance
If you have suggestions or wish to speak with a Resource Center staff member, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. If you would like to request technical assistance, please submit a Training and Technical Assistance Request Form and our Technical Assistance Coordinator will contact you.
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The National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families supports safety-net service providers as they integrate healthy marriage and relationship education skills into service delivery systems as part of a comprehensive, culturally appropriate, family-centered approach designed to promote self-sufficiency.

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Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: 90FH0003. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
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