FUTURES Announces Recipients of Grant to Improve Health Care Response to Domestic Violence
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Lauren Brisbo, Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence Announces Recipients of Grant to Improve Health Care Response to Domestic Violence
Six community health centers and partnering domestic violence programs across the nation receive funding, training, and support to address intimate partner violence
SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2015)—Today, national nonprofit Futures Without Violence announced the selection of six Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) supported community health centers and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) supported domestic violence programs that will receive funding to expand their capacity to support survivors and victims of domestic violence. The first phase of this project funded three sites and this second phase expands to now engage six new sites. The selected centers and partnering local domestic violence organizations will collaborate to identify and respond to domestic and sexual violence—an issue that affect one in every four women in the United States.
From now until September 30, 2016, the community health centers and domestic violence programs in each location will work together to promote the safety and health of people seeking services in either the health care centers or domestic violence programs. Futures Without Violence will provide technical assistance, training, and resources to support the collaborations.
Brockton Neighborhood Health Center and Family and Community Resources (Brockton, MA)
CommuniCare Health Center and Empower Yolo (Davis, CA)
Eastern Iowa Health Center and AMANI (Cedar Rapids, IA)
La Comunidad Hispana and Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (Kennet Square, PA)
Mariposa Community Health Center and Catholic Community Services (Nogales, AZ)
Thundermist Health Center and Sojourner House (Woonsocket, RI)
“Domestic violence and sexual abuse can directly impact a woman’s health–even increasing her risk for chronic health outcomes such as asthma and heart disease, unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and depression ,” said Lisa James, director of health at Futures Without Violence. “These six outstanding health care centers and domestic violence programs are in a unique position to detect and respond to signs of abuse among their patients, and have the potential to make a tremendous impact in their communities.”
The pilot program is funded through a collaboration of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services including: the HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care, the HRSA Office of Women’s Health, and the Administration for Children and Families’ Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.
Since 1996, Futures Without Violence has managed the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, supported by the DHHS Administration for Children and Families, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program to provide resources and trainings to health practitioners and advocates across the country and promotes model health responses to intimate partner violence. For more information visit, www.acf.hhs.gov/fvpsa.
Futures Without Violence
Futures Without Violence is a national nonprofit organization leading groundbreaking educational programs, policies, and campaigns that empower individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world. Providing leadership from offices in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Boston, FUTURES has trained thousands of professionals and advocates–such as doctors, nurses, judges, athletic coaches, and other community influences–on improving responses to violence and abuse. The organization was a driving force behind the passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 1984 and the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first two comprehensive federal responses to the violence that plagues families and communities.