About the Safe Access Resource Library

The Safe Access Resource Library brings together a selection of information and resources for child support practitioners seeking to increase their capacity to safely provide child support, parenting time, and establishment of parentage to families affected by domestic violence. There is also a set of resources that may be useful to individuals who are currently in the child support system and have experienced domestic violence, or individuals working with them. Use the filters at the top of the page to select your topic of interest, desired resource type, and/or audience. Alternatively, you can search by entering terms in the search bar or browse all the resources without selecting any filters.

These resources are organized into the following topics:

  • Safe access to child support: resources on improving safe access to child support for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Safe access to parenting time: resources on improving safe access to parenting time for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Safe access to establishment of parentage: resources on improving safe access to services to establish parentage for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Safe access beyond child support: resources on how systems or programs outside of child support have made changes to improve access, safety, and outcomes for survivors of domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence and the child support system: resources on experiences, perspectives, and prevalence of survivors of domestic violence in the child support system.
  • Domestic violence and economic security: resources on the relationship between domestic violence and economic (in)security and about survivors’ economic needs.
  • Engaging people with lived experience: resources on engaging people with lived experience, particularly survivors of domestic violence, in program assessment, improvement, and systems change efforts.
  • Equitable systems change: resources on the process of making change in social service systems to promote equity and center marginalized groups.
  • Partnering for systems change: resources on organizational collaborations for systems change.
  • Trauma-informed practices: resources on responding to survivors and supporting staff in a trauma-informed manner.
  • Understanding child support: introductory resources on the history and functioning of the child support system.
  • Understanding domestic violence: foundational resources on dynamics, characteristics, statistics, and impact of domestic violence.
  • Understanding inequities survivors face: resources on the challenges survivors face when navigating systems.
  • Working with people who use violence: resources on interacting with people who use violence as well as programming and referrals.
  • Resources for survivors: resources for survivors of domestic violence or domestic violence advocates on navigating child support and related systems.

Note on Methods

The Safe Access for Victims’ Economic Security (SAVES) Center reviewed approximately 80 government, university, resource center, and nonprofit websites that publish or compile research and resources on domestic violence, child support, parenting time, child custody, family court, public assistance, racial equity, economic security, and systems change. Our initial search identified hundreds of resources, which we reviewed for relevance to child support practitioners, domestic violence advocates, and individuals in the child support system who have experienced domestic violence. We continue to identify new resources and expand the Safe Access Resource Library. Contact us to suggest a resource.