Assessing Domestic Violence under the Family Violence Option (FVO)
The goal of this project is to create and validate a risk assessment tool to be used with domestic violence victims receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) services. The specific objectives of this research are: 1) Report on the best practices and policies on how domestic violence is identified and how risk is assessed by other welfare departments across the U.S.; 2) Determine current practices on assessing risk of domestic violence with clients receiving welfare services in New Jersey; and 3) Create, implement, pilot, and train on a new risk assessment tool to be used with welfare clients experiencing domestic violence. The research team is in the process of finalizing the risk assessment tool and the final report for the project.
The “New Jersey Assessment of Domestic Violence Risk and Impact (NJADVRI)” assessment tool was developed as part of the “Assessing Domestic Violence under the Family Violence” research project conducted by the Rutgers Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) and funded by the New Jersey Department of Family Development. The goal of this project was to create, test, and validate a risk assessment tool for domestic violence victims applying for services and waivers under the Family Violence Option as part of seeking TANF support. The Phase III Report outlines the process that was used to develop and test the risk assessment tool. If you are interested in utilizing the tool, we encourage you to review the final report for additional information.