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Domestic Violence: Program Development

This area includes resources to support the work of local, state, and national domestic violence programs regarding nonprofit management, personnel supervision and staff development, coalition-building, and practice standards and policies. Materials also explore the history, theories, and philosophies driving the work of the movement to end domestic violence.

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Fall 2014
This document provides guidance to domestic violence advocates on addressing the current gap in services for teens needing emergency shelter to escape dating abuse.
Authors: Alicia Aiken
Updated November 2013
This charter represents the collaborative agreement among partners of the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project. The charter includes agreements on mission and values, roles and responsibilities, decision-making, conflict resolution, communications, and confidentiality.
Authors: Domestic Violence & Mental Health Collaboration Project
November 2013
This paper reviews the concept of “Holistic Healing” for addressing trauma, offers guidance for building partnerships with providers, addresses community referrals and collaboration, and includes stories from programs who have successfully incorporated a holistic healing approach to services for survivors.
Authors: Terri Poore, Toby Shulruff, and Kris Bein
Revised July 2013
This document includes information for domestic violence advocates working with victims of trafficking. After a brief overview of statistics and issue analysis, the document provides considerations and recommendations for advocates in seven key areas.
Authors: Firoza Chic Dabby
Summer 2013
This Q and A provides information for working with Deaf survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including offering practical tips for advocates in building trust and collaboration with the Deaf community.
Authors: New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
May 2013
Hundreds of domestic violence shelters are now providing safe pet housing options to enable families to leave abusers without having to make an impossible choice to leave their pets behind and at risk. This resource provides guiding principles for the structure and maintenance of pet support (foster care and on-site housing) directories.
Authors: National Link Coalition
May 2013
This Final Report provides a set of findings and broad recommendations, informed by stakeholder forums and literature reviews, that form a framework for strategic, transformative change. It outlines ways the field can overcome the obstacles it faces and change how it meets victims' needs and addresses those who perpetrate crime.
Authors: Office for Victims of Crime
Updated 2013
This resource provides information on needed steps to forming a domestic violence ministry, background reading, tips related to incoming calls to the Parish and how to keep track of calls, among others.
Authors: Family Ministries Archdiocese of Chicago
Updated 2013
This manual covers many topics including children’s exposure to violence and teen dating violence.
Authors: Family Ministries Archdiocese of Chicago
This paper discusses the advantages and challenges of conjoining the issues of intimate partner violence and sexual violence for the purposes of simultaneously advancing primary prevention.
Authors: Jo Simonsen