Feb 2, 2010
CONTACT Luci Manning

Experts to Discuss How Effective Home Visitation Programs Can Improve the Health and Well Being of Children and Families

FVPF and Partners Release New Guide to Address Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

WASHINGTON D.C. – Can early childhood home visitation programs become a viable option to address the needs of mothers and children at risk for violence? Are issues like domestic violence being addressed in current home visitation policies and programs? Do these programs work?

The Family Violence Prevention Fund, Avon Foundation for Women, National Child Abuse Coalition and Safe Start Center will host a briefing and luncheon to examine these issues and release a policy brief with recommendations for action. Experts at the briefing will testify about maximizing the effectiveness of these successful programs through early intervention, preventing health, social and economic problems before they become a family crisis. It will be held:

Wednesday, February 3
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
United States Capitol
Senate Visitors Center, Room 215
Deidra Henry-Spires, Senate Finance Committee
Dr. Megan Bair-Merritt, Johns Hopkins University Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Linda Bullock, University of Missouri School of Nursing Professor
A survivor of violence and her nurse home visitor who will discuss the
positive impact of home visitation

More than 15 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred.

Note: The briefing is open to media.

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The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world, because every person has the right to live free of violence. More information is available at  

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