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Children and Youth Exposed to Violence

DV Drawing

The CEV grant was awarded to the Thirtieth Judicial District Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Alliance in October 2011 by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. With only 17 grants awarded throughout the United States, this grant marks a significant milepost for the children and youth in Haywood County who are exposed to violence. The CEV initiative was established as a counseling/non-abusive parent support network and training program to assist children and youth that have been exposed to domestic & dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

    This initiative is a collaborative effort of major organizational partners in Haywood County. These partners include:
  • The Alliance
  • Waynesville Police Department
  • Haywood County Sheriff
  • REACH of Haywood County (emergency shelter and domestic violence/sexual assault services)
  • KARE House (child advocacy center and parent education resources)
  • Haywood Psychological Services (providing evidenced based counseling programs)
  • Haywood County Department of Social Services
  • Office of the District Attorney
    What Does This Program Have To Offer for Children and Youth Exposed to Violence?
  • Program Resources
  • Counseling Services to include Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for changing visual images for victims witnessing violent events. Counseling services are offered through Haywood Psychological Services.
  • Parent education for the non-abusing parent to include Triple P parent education in English and in Spanish
  • Support services through the Haywood County Department of Social Services
  • Early referral services beginning with a 9-1-1 call or the filing of a domestic violence protection order (DVPO)
  • Emergency shelter when requested

CEV ALERT Initiative

The CEV ALERT is a systems change, collaborative effort to notify the Department of Social Services and support agencies when children and youth are present during a 9-1-1 domestic violence response call. Based on a new method of response created for CEV, law enforcement will notify dispatch at the close of a 9-1-1 call if children are present in the home during a domestic incident and no immediate removal is indicated. Based on this dispatch notification, the law enforcement report will immediately be forwarded to DSS as an Alert. For children in danger, standard protocol still occurs. However, in cases of exposure (both visual and auditory), an Alert will be issued for family follow-up and Child Protective Services will act on the Alert.

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