Why do we do what we do? How do we know we are making a difference? What are we learning about what domestic violence intervention and prevention approaches work? These are all important questions being asked by domestic violence advocates, allied professionals, policymakers and funders.
The Domestic Violence Evidence Project, an initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), is designed to respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating “evidence-based practice”. The overall goal of the project is to combine what we know from research, evaluation, practice and theory to inform critical decision-making by domestic violence programs and allies. The project has collected and synthesized evidence from published, empirical research studies, as well as identified where emerging and promising evidence shows that programs and practices are effectively addressing complex social problems in community settings. Together, these evidence reviews of research and profiles of innovative, culturally-responsive and evidence-based programs and practices can expand the domestic violence field’s capacity to more effectively serve survivors and their families – and contribute to the process of building a more robust body of evidence for our work.