for people ages 18-80 (full criteria)
healthy people welcome
at La Jolla, California
study started
estimated completion
Gregory Aarons



This project will evaluate the implementation and efficacy of a domestic violence intervention module for parents receiving child welfare home visitation services.

Official Title

SafeCare+: Implementing & Evaluating Trauma-Informed, Evidence-Informed Interventions for Latino Families Experiencing Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment


The ultimate goal of this proposed project is the provision of culturally-relevant, trauma-informed services leading to a reduction of family violence, and a resultant increase in family stability, improved communication, and a healthy home environment for children in Latino families with co-occurring domestic violence (DV) and child abuse/neglect (CAN). The Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) funded project and evaluation will be layered onto the existing UC San Diego's NIH-funded R01 research (NIH R01 MH092950) on scale-up of SafeCare (SC) across the entire San Diego Child Welfare System. In the first phase of this project, the community and academic partners will collaborate to develop a detailed evaluation plan by collecting formative qualitative data via focus groups with active CW clients with domestic violence (DV) histories and community child welfare and DV service providers. The second phase of this project will begin with the implementation of SafeCare+ (SC+), an evidence-based training curriculum for parents referred for child maltreatment, coupled with the Healthy Relationships (HR) module for Latino families with co-occurring child maltreatment and domestic violence experiences. SafeCare® (SC) has been shown to be widely accepted among the Latino community and the HR module has been specifically adapted for and successfully utilized with Latino populations. As part of the expansion of the original research study, 80 clients who will be recruited into the existing study will also be randomly assigned to receive the additional HR module.


Interpersonal Relations healthy relationships domestic violence SafeCare+ (SC+) SafeCare (SC)


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-80

  • Service providers (CWS and DV) and active CW clients with DV histories will be recruited via random selection to participate in focus groups during the planning year of the project.
  • Latino families are eligible for the RCT based on the following criteria: (a) being identified as an appropriate family for SafeCare; and (b) by having at least one, qualifying DV experience, which will be determined during the baseline needs assessment.

You CAN'T join if...

  • A client will be excluded if he/she indicates to the service provider that they are unable to comprehend the written questionnaire and cannot obtain outside assistance in understanding and completing the questionnaire.
  • Clients under the age of 18 will able be excluded because they cannot provide informed consent.


  • UC San Diego
    La Jolla California 92093 United States

Lead Scientist

  • Gregory Aarons
    Dr. Aarons is clinical and organizational psychologist, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a faculty member in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC) and Co-Director of the Center for Organizational Research on Implementatio…


in progress, not accepting new patients
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