- 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 (www.dvevidenceproject.org). 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.
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.