• Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Toolkit
  • Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women Resource Library
  • Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Project
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Evidence Project

The Domestic Violence Evidence Project (DVEP) is designed to help state coalitions, local domestic violence programs, researchers, and other allied individuals and organizations better respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating evidence-based practice into their work. To support the project, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) received funds from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services.

In the first year of this highly collaborative project, the NRCDV was charged with developing a Domestic Violence Evidence Project online resource center to house a conceptual framework, theory of change and comprehensive evidence reviews, and profiles of innovative programs and practices related to the project’s initial focus area of domestic violence core services.

Since then, the project has expanded to explore the evidence related to intimate partner violence prevention and reducing abusive behavior. These two new focus areas will also include a conceptual framework paper and theory of change, evidence reviews, and program and practice profiles. Technical assistance and training tools will continue to be developed to enhance the domestic violence field’s capacity to thoughtfully and responsibly review and/or translate evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence into their work.

Project Objectives & Key Activities


  • To increase the capacity of domestic violence programs to comprehensively respond to the traumatic effects of abuse by increasing their awareness of evidence‐based practices; and
  • To increase domestic violence service providers’ access to information on effective interventions that are trauma‐informed and evidence‐based thus helping them better serve victims of domestic violence and their children who are experiencing the mental health and traumatic effects of intimate partner violence.

Key Activities to Date

All project activities were informed by input from a multi-disciplinary group of expert advisors, including domestic violence advocates, researchers, funders, and other local, state and national experts.

The following resources have been developed under the DV Evidence Project:

  • A paper examining the work of domestic violence programs within a “social and emotional well-being” framework. The paper, Examining the Work of Domestic Violence Programs Within a “Social and Emotional Well-Being Promotion” Conceptual Framework, by Cris M. Sullivan, PhD., explores how domestic violence negatively impacts survivors’ and their children’s well-being, and the factors that help restore this well-being over time. A Theory of Change and review of the empirical evidence on the effectiveness of domestic violence programs are also included.
  • A comprehensive evidence review related to key services to adult victims of domestic violence. This series of research summaries, conducted by Cris M. Sullivan, PhD. and her research team at Michigan State University, reviews both published, empirical research studies and emerging or promising evidence related to key services (such as shelter, support groups, advocacy, counseling), including culturally‐specific, innovative approaches within the DV field.
  • A DV evidence online resource center ( The DV Evidence Project online resource center houses a comprehensive evidence review of key services to adult victims, profiles of innovative programs and practices in our field and evaluation tools to assist advocates and allied organizations understand the different types of evidence that can inform our work. It also links to the Futures Without Violence website on children’s services, Promising Futures Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence.

Coming Soon

The DV Evidence Project will continue to expand focus areas, capacity-building technical assistance (TA) and training tools, and add new research and evaluation resources.

  • Comprehensive evidence reviews of prevention and reducing abusive behavior, which will include a conceptual framework and theory of change, empirical evidence review and highlight innovative program and practice profiles in each respective focus area.
  • Capacity-building training and Technical Assistance (TA) tools. TA and training tools and resources will be designed, pilot-tested and disseminated on assessing, translating, adapting, and integrating information on trauma‐informed and evidence-based programs at the community and state/territory levels.
  • Building our Evidence Base. Individualized TA and capacity-building to selected sites to develop and enhance evaluation and outcome tools, thus increasing the evidence base for our work. The evaluation process will be documented as tool to support other programs engaging in this work.

DV Evidence Project Collaborative Process

The NRCDV would like to thank Dr. Cris Sullivan for her leadership on Examining the Work of Domestic Violence Programs Within a “Social and Emotional Well-Being Promotion” Conceptual Framework and theories of change models featured on the DV Evidence Project’s online resource center. Dr. Sullivan’s contributions to this project have been both insightful and invaluable.

We would also like to acknowledge Marylouise Kelley, Director, and Shawndell Dawson, Senior Program Specialist, of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Families and Youth, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their numerous and thoughtful contributions to the entire project.

We would like to note that all the resources and materials featured on DV Evidence Project’s online resource center reflect a highly collaborative process during which the NRCDV sought substantial input from many key informants and reviewers. While the NRCDV bears responsibility for all final products featured on this website, we would like to extend our deep gratitude to the many individuals who contributed their time, insights and honesty.

About the NRCDV

Since 1993 The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.

Today, through its many key initiatives such as VAWnet, Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, and the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the NRCDV works tirelessly to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.