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Oct 25, 2012
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Futures Without Violence and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence Launch New Online Resources

Organizations build complementary websites to strengthen domestic violence programs reaching both adults and kids

San Francisco (October 25, 2012) – Today, Futures Without Violence and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) launched two new websites designed to help domestic violence programs and allied organizations strengthen their services through the use of evidence-based and promising practices. The websites, which will house extensive resources, tools, and information that will support the domestic violence service community, launched in October in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

NRCDV’s Domestic Violence Evidence Online Resource Center houses a comprehensive evidence review of core services, programs, and innovative practices for adult victims of domestic violence. Futures Without Violence’s website,Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Experiencing Domestic Violence, serves as a resource to help advocates and organizations enhance their programming to support children and parents facing domestic violence.

“Overall, 18.8 million children currently have been exposed to family violence in our country – that’s one in four American children. It’s imperative that advocates have access to the information and resources they need to strengthen their programs for children and their mothers,” said Esta Soler, president and founder of Futures Without Violence. “Promising Futures, in partnership with the resources offered through the Domestic Violence Evidence Online Resource Center, is a big step in the right direction.”

"The Domestic Violence Evidence Project has allowed us to combine what we know from research, evaluation, practice, and theory to inform critical decision making by domestic violence advocates and their allies,” said Anne Menard, executive director of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. “We are pleased to work alongside Futures Without Violence to launch two complementary resources that will help organizations identify and integrate evidence-based practices into their work.”

Both projects were funded by the Division of Family Violence Prevention of the Family and Youth Services Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services 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 practices into their work.

“We felt it was very important that all Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grantees and all those serving families impacted by domestic violence have opportunities to thoughtfully contribute to and learn from national research and evidence-informed practice,” said Marylouise Kelley, director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program in the Administration for Children and Families. “The NRCDV and Futures Without Violence have created resources for advocates that bridge the best available research with survivor-centred and trauma-informed practices.”

On Thursday, October 25 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm EDT, Futures Without Violence and NRCDV will host a webinar to discuss the two new online resources for domestic violence advocates and organizations. For more information, visit: http://bwjp.ilinc.com/register/cmkzkxp.

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund
For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for innovative educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to end violence against women, children, and families around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994, Futures Without Violence has established an International Conference Center that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, stand with survivors, and continue working to break the silence around gender-based violence. Learn more at www.futureswithoutviolence.org.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence 
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, Women of Color Network, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, 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. Learn more at www.nrcdv.org.

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