Supporting Children Who Live With Violence

Supporting Children Who Live With Violence

Our society’s children are exposed to multiple forms of violence at tremendously high rates. According to the Children’s Exposure to Violence: A Comprehensive National Survey, in 2008 more than 60 percent of the children (0-17) surveyed were exposed to violence within the past year, either directly or indirectly (i.e., as a witness to a violent act; by learning of a violent act against a family member, neighbor, or close friend; or from a threat against their home or school). Futures Without Violence is currently undertaking a number of initiatives and programs to better address the needs of children and their families who experience violence including:

  • In 2011, Futures Without Violence was selected as the national technical assistance provider for the U.S. Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Initiative. Under this initiative, the Department of Justice is providing resources to eight communities to develop a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to identify successful policies and practices that address the trauma and harm that children exposed to all forms of violence experience in their homes, communities, and schools. Prevention, intervention, treatment, and community organizing strategies will be integrated to provide a comprehensive continuum of care to children and teens, ages 0 through 17. Learn more.
  • In 2010, Futures Without Violence, was chosen to be a national technical assistance provider for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Expanding Services for Children and Youth program. Under this initiative four states are receiving resources to enhance their services for children exposed to domestic violence. In this capacity we are providing tools and resources to support state domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions and local domestic violence programs to increase their capacity to respond effectively to families and with a research informed approach. Learn More.

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