DAR File No. 41842
This rule was published in the July 15, 2017, issue (Vol. 2017, No. 14) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Services, Child and Family Services
Child Protective Services, Investigation of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 41842
Filed: 06/21/2017 02:54:01 PM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This rule is being revised in response to H.B. 17 from the 2017 General Session.
Summary of the rule or change:
This rule is being revised in accordance with H.B. 17 (2017) by adding language to the definition of serious physical abuse.
Statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 62A-4a-102
- Section 76-5-109.1
- Section 62A-4a-105
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There will be no increase in cost or savings to the state budget because these proposed changes do not increase workload that would require additional staff or other costs.
Local governments have no responsibility for services offered by Child and Family Services and are therefore not affected by this rule and will have no fiscal impact.
Small businesses have no responsibility for services offered by Child and Family Services and are therefore not affected by this rule and will have no fiscal impact.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is no expected fiscal impact for persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local government entities because funding requests for services offered by Child and Family Services come out of already-existing budgets.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs for affected persons associated with implementing the changes to this rule because these changes are not fiscal in nature.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
After conducting a thorough analysis, it was determined that this proposed rule revision will not result in a fiscal impact to businesses because the revisions to this rule are to definitions only.
Ann Williamson, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Office of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Services
Child and Family Services
195 N 1950 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
- Carol Miller at the above address, by phone at 801-557-1772, by FAX at 801-538-3993, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julene Robbins at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4521, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Brent Platt, Director
R512. Human Services, Child and Family Services.
R512-205. Child Protective Services, Investigation of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse.
R512-205-1. Purpose and Authority.
(1) The purpose of this rule is to establish criteria for investigation of an allegation of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse and the basis upon which a supported finding will be made.
(2) This rule is authorized by Section 62A-4a-102.
(1) "Cohabitant" has the same meaning as in Section 78B-7-102.
(2) "Dangerous weapon" has the same meaning as in Section 76-1-601.
(3) "Child and Family Services" means the Department of Human Services, Division of Child and Family Services.
(4) "Domestic violence" has the same meaning as in Section 77-36-1.
(5) "Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse" means domestic violence between cohabitants in the presence of a child. It may be an isolated incident or a pattern of conduct.
(6) "In the presence of a child" has the same meaning as in Section 76-5-109.1.
(7) "Serious bodily injury" has the same meaning as in Section 76-1-601.
(8) "Substantial bodily injury" has the same meaning as in Section 76-1-601.
R512-205-3. Administrative Findings.
(1) The commission of acts of domestic violence in the presence of a child is child abuse, because it results in non-accidental harm or threatened harm to the child. Such abuse is subject to the reporting statute (Section 62A-4a-403).
(2) Research establishes that exposure to domestic violence causes emotional or developmental harm or threatened harm to children, which may later be manifested in behavioral problems, increased risk of drug or alcohol abuse, increased risk of becoming perpetrators or victims of abuse, or in emotional disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
(3) Exposure to domestic violence may also threaten a child with physical harm.
(4) Awaiting the manifestation of emotional or developmental harm does not protect children from such harm, and early intervention is required to mitigate and prevent further harm.
(5) Accordingly, establishing the commission of an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child shall be sufficient to establish Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse, without any further evidence of harm.
(6) The primary responsibility to investigate allegations of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse as defined in Section 76-5-109.1 lies with law enforcement, and Child and Family Services has no responsibility to investigate domestic violence in the presence of a child as described in that section, except as provided in this rule (see Section 62A-4a-105(6)).
(1) An allegation of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse, that meets all other requirements for acceptance, shall be accepted by Child and Family Services for investigation if it is alleged that a child was physically present or saw or heard an incident of domestic violence and:
(a) The alleged perpetrator used or threatened to use a dangerous weapon; or
(b) The alleged perpetrator threatened to cause substantial or serious bodily injury; or
(c) The alleged perpetrator committed a
sexual assault, [
strangulation], or other assault likely to result in
substantial or serious bodily injury; or
(d) The alleged victim sustained substantial or serious bodily injury; or
(e) There is a pattern of two or more CPS investigations of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse within the previous two years; or
(f) Another allegation of abuse, neglect, or dependency is being accepted or is in the process of being investigated.
(2) If during an open, non-CPS case, a referral is received for Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse which does not meet the criteria for acceptance under subparagraph (1) above, the information will be sent to the ongoing caseworker for assessment.
R512-205-5. Investigation Findings.
(1) Upon completion of an investigation of Domestic Violence Related Child Abuse, a supported finding may be based upon the definitions of this rule.
KEY: child abuse, domestic violence
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
November 1, 2011]
Notice of Continuation: January 25, 2016
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 62A-4a-102; 62A-4a-105; 76-5-109.1
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Carol Miller at the above address, by phone at 801-557-1772, by FAX at 801-538-3993, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; Julene Robbins at the above address, by phone at 801-538-4521, by FAX at 801-538-3942, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com. For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Office of Administrative Rules.