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❶As part of our efforts to collect baseline information on the needs of programs, coalitions, systems, and communities, NCDVTMH has been conducting national needs assessment surveys.

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Still, the overall rates of IPV in the United States have been generally falling over the past two decades, and in the federal government reauthorized an enhanced Violence Against Women Act , adding further legal protections and broadening the groups covered to include LGBT persons and Native American women. In terms of victim response, social scientists continue to examine factors that might predict when women may feel empowered to report abuse and leave relationships. The researchers, Derek A.

Felson, Cody Warner and Marin R. Wenger, are all at Pennsylvania State University. The researchers note that, across the U. In a population with many educated women, violent marriages are likely to break up. Perhaps abusive men feel threatened by successful wives, which then increases divorce risk. Nonabusive men may not feel threatened and thus stay with successful women. A March report from the U. Research Summaries collections of citations plus abstracts of peer-reviewed journal articles, with a short introduction to the topic:.

Research Briefs and Information Sheets in-depth commentary and analysis on carefully selected literature on a single topic:. National Needs Assessment Surveys. As part of our efforts to collect baseline information on the needs of programs, coalitions, systems, and communities, NCDVTMH has been conducting national needs assessment surveys. This survey was conducted as part of a multi-year effort by NCDVTMH to provide support to coalitions as they work to assist their member programs in developing accessible, trauma-informed, culturally relevant domestic violence services and organizations.

This report details the main findings of the survey, including information on relationships between state mental health departments and domestic violence organizations, training and technical assistance needs, and ways states are incorporating domestic violence and trauma into their mental health policies and procedures.

The next phase of this project involves completing in-depth interviews with state mental health commissioners, which will be detailed in a forthcoming report. Initial Summary of Key Results.

On an ongoing basis, NCDVTMH identifies evidence-based, promising, and model approaches to healing from trauma in the context of domestic violence. We are also in the process of crafting tools to better measure meaningful outcomes for trauma-informed approaches to domestic violence services. Taken together, these initiatives help to lay the foundation for building an evidence base for trauma-informed approaches in the context of domestic violence and other lifetime trauma.

While there are numerous interventions designed to reduce trauma-related mental health symptoms, most were originally developed to address events that occurred in the past. Many domestic violence survivors are still under threat of ongoing abuse or stalking, which not only directly affects their physical and psychological safety but treatment options as well.

Little has been known about the extent to which existing evidence-based trauma treatment modalities are applicable to, or require modification for, domestic violence survivors. The paper is part of a multi-year effort by NCDVTMH to partner with researchers, clinicians, and the domestic violence field to build an evidence base for both trauma-informed work and trauma-specific treatment in the context of domestic violence.

Promising Practices and Model Programs: As part of these efforts, NCDVTMH conducted interviews with 45 programs or initiatives identified by their peers as engaged in innovative trauma-informed work with survivors of violence and their children.

Thirty of the interviews were conducted with domestic and sexual violence advocacy programs. In addition, 15 interviews were completed with programs providing trauma-informed or trauma-specific services for refugees and survivors of torture, as information gathered from these interviews may be relevant for domestic and sexual violence programs.

The interviews were designed to gather comprehensive information about how programs are currently conceptualizing trauma-informed and trauma-specific work and how this translates into enhanced or improved services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The interviews also identified aspects of trauma-informed services that are especially meaningful to survivors and ways that programs are measuring outcomes and evaluating the impact of their work.

Taken together, the information gathered from these interviews provides valuable insights on myriad ways to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence who may have experienced multiple traumatic experiences over the course of their lives. The key themes that emerged from these interviews are summarized within this report.


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The world's largest domestic violence research data base, 2, pages, with summaries of peer-reviewed studies. Over the years, research on partner abuse has become unnecessarily fragmented and politicized.

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The research on domestic violence, referred to more precisely in academic literature as “intimate partner violence” (IPV), has grown substantially over the past few decades. Although knowledge of the problem and its scope have deepened, the issue remains a major health and social problem afflicting women.

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Domestic violence is a type of abuse. It usually involves a spouse or partner, but it can also be a child, elderly relative, or other family member.. Domestic violence may include. Physical violence that can lead to injuries such as bruises or broken bones. Considered together, these articles offer an account of the way in which research can shed light on the problem of domestic violence, and what to do about it. There are many other stories in other parts of the world.

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domestic violence, including its perpetrators and victims, the impact of current responses to it and, more particularly, the implications of that research for day-to-day, real-world responses to domestic violence by law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges. Domestic violence is an issue affecting people of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations. Violence against men and same-sex domestic violence are often considered less of a threat to society and to the people.