20.1 Introduction to Family Violence

Chapter

Federal Authority

Family Violence

Social Security Act §454(26) Safeguarding Information

45 CFR 303.21 Safeguarding and Disclosure of Confidential Information

Subject

State Authority

Family Violence Introduction

Wyo. Stat. § 20-6-101 et. seq. Child Support Enforcement Act

Wyoming Child Support Enforcement Rules

Chapter 13 Safeguarding and Disclosure of Confidential Information

Policy Number

Effective Date

20.1

May 1, 2022

Overview

The Wyoming Child Support Program (WCSP) recognizes that family violence has serious detrimental effects on children and families and that the child support program is sometimes used as a weapon by abusers. Additionally, our core mission of securing financial support for families addresses one of the most pressing needs of victims and their children who are trying to leave and stay out of abusive relationships. The State of Wyoming, and state agencies representing the state, have a responsibility to protect individuals and families living in Wyoming and promote public safety. WCSP will, therefore, do its best to identify family violence in the caseload, help protect potential victims and refer them to appropriate resources.


CSP Offices will provide continual opportunities and encouragement for victims to disclose abuse, including:


  1. Displaying posters for local domestic violence programs in CSP office lobbies

  2. Utilizing a standard domestic violence screening tool at every Intake

  3. Asking questions any time a case worker feels that DV might be an issue


This chapter will cover the policy and procedures for:


  • Screening for family violence

  • The Family Violence Indicator

  • Good Cause exemptions

  • The NCP Dangerous Indicator

  • Order of Non-Disclosure

  • Affidavits in Support of Nondisclosure of Information (UIFSA)

Cross Reference

None



Version Number

1

Last Revised Date

May 1, 2022