The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Family Violence Department recommends that every community establish a “mechanism to bring together administrators and staff from a wide variety of agencies … to close the gaps in services, to coordinate multiple interventions, and to develop interagency agreements and protocols for providing basic services to families experience both child maltreatment and domestic violence.” As the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has been tasked with the chief responsibility of addressing child maltreatment, and the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC) is the sole domestic violence services provider in the seven communities we serve, it is critical that our two agencies join together to provide leadership and guidance in building and maintaining such a collaboration. It is in this spirit that the following is proposed.
 Schechter, S. & Edleson, J. (1999). Recommendations from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Effective Intervention In Domestic Violence & Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice. Page 24, Recommendation #5. Hereinafter, this publication will be referred to as “The Greenbook.”