Rock County, WI – On Friday, March 8th at 10:00 a.m. at the YWCA Rock County CARE House, located at 1735 S. Washington Street in Janesville, YWCA Rock County, Family Services of S. WI and N. IL, Inc., and Rock County Children, Youth, and Families signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to improve the way these agencies collectively address family violence.
Domestic violence and sexual assault programs and Children, Youth, Families do not work in a vacuum. Families must often work within a complex system of community providers. The policies and actions of staff at other agencies can either enhance or hinder the ability to accomplish the agencies’ and the client’s goals. It is critical that the professionals involved coordinate their interventions so that families feel supported in navigating services and are able to achieve what is best for their family.
Recognizing the significant overlap between domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child more- more- more
maltreatment, the leadership team, which is comprised of staff from each of these three organizations, understand each agency has a unique mission and professional culture. Each organization seeks to support their partner agency in fulfilling that mission and
appreciate its role in the community. While each agency will always have unique identities and differing responsibilities, they are stronger when they address family violence issues together.
This collaboration promotes flexible services to families and a more consistent, articulate voice to the community. Developing an interagency relationship will identify and close the gaps, resulting in positive outcomes for children and families. This relationship will be strengthened through the team members completing cross training in order to cultivate appreciation and understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities. This will lead to greater respect and trust of one another, as well as more support to the families they all serve.
The MOU formalizes the commitment of these agencies to work together to ensure safety and promote well-being for children and families. The team is committed to their partnership and value outreach to other systems and agencies as a united team to further improve the response toward families who have experienced domestic violence.