When it comes to promoting health and safety outcomes for families impacted by violence and trauma, research has shown that home visitation programs can make a significant difference in the lives of survivors of violence. Based on this evidence, The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 includes provisions to support the expansion of maternal, infant, and early childhood home visitation programs and included benchmarks for responding to IPV, work that continues today.
FUTURES works with home visitation programs to provide domestic violence and child abuse prevention training and education. In addition to promoting collaboration among home visitation, domestic violence programs, and health care providers, we support home visitors to more effectively assess and respond to domestic violence and counsel clients on healthy relationships. As part of that effort, we have been partnering with the Health resources and Services Administration serving as faculty and advisors for their Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (COIIN). Through this national learning collaborative, participants and local home visiting service agencies use continuous quality improvement methods to improve screening of women for IPV.
FUTURES is at the forefront of national policy regarding home visitation and advocates for coordinated responses to domestic violence that include home visitation programs.
Resources on Home Visitation:
- Connected Parents, Connected Kids Info Sheet
- Connected Parents, Connected Kids Safety Card
- Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Home Visitation training vignette: universal education
- Home Visitation training vignette: supervision
- Learn more about child & adolescent health resources here.
- Fact sheet from the IPV COIIN
- Connected Parents, Connected Kids Training Materials (Downloadable Power Point Presentation Part 1 / Power Point Presentation Part 2)
The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence can provide tailored training and technical assistance to support home visitation programs increase their capacity to address violence and trauma.