The Family Transformation Model: Capacity to Change and Grow

By Betsy Sitkoff, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

The Jewish Domestic Abuse Collaborative, a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS), Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) and Ramsey County Public Health, have teamed up to look at new ways of intervening and preventing family abuse and violence.

Bringing together a diverse group of professionals and integrating the public health approach of community prevention and individual and family intervention services, a community partnership was created and the Family Transformation Model was developed.  In addition to St Paul, Ramsey County Public Health, JFCS, and JFS, partners include the Barbara Schneider Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Neighborhood House, NYU Center for Violence and Recovery, Peace Making Circles and Vertin Youth and Family Service.

The Family Transformation Model provides fresh insight into what we all need to live in peaceful relationships with others. It offers a new perspective that can help people affected by family violence find or rediscover core elements of health within themselves and their relationships. This model acknowledges the humanity within all people and the capacity of everyone to change and grow, even those who harm the ones they love.  

If you would like more information on the model and/or the community partnership please contact Donald Gault at or Betsy Sitkoff at



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