Interventions for Children & Youth

mother and child playing blocks pictureThis section of the website is designed to provide up-to-date information on interventions and resources for children exposed to violence for domestic advocates and other service providers who work with families. The information provided has been collected through a national review of programs and interventions for children exposed to family violence and other forms of trauma.

All of the content of this website must be considered within the context of always prioritizing the safety of the non-battering parent and children first.

Under Find a Program Model, users can view all interventions, or search for and view programs by numerous categories. Each program profile includes an overview of the evaluation of the program including links to evidence registries that have reviewed and/or rated the level of evidence supporting the program. Additionally we have developed a table with all program models listed and where they have been rated by evidence based and promising practices registries/databases. Each of these registries has a different rating or review system. If an intervention is not represented in a registry this does not mean it is not evidence based or a promising practice as we did not review an exhaustive list. This table is just one way to help advocates understand levels of evidence and evaluations for each model in our database.

Browse by Age. Choose an age-group below to view all program models that fit this criteria:

Children 0-5 years old; Children 6-12 years old; Adolescents

Browse by Primary Client: Choose a client type below to view all program models that fit this criteria:

Children and Non Abusive Caretaker; Child; Family

Browse by Setting: Choose a setting below and view all program models that fit this criteria:

Domestic Violence Shelter; School; Hospital Based; Residential; Home; Correctional; Homeless Shelter; Headstart/Early Education Programs; Other Community Settings

The program profiles featured represent a wide array of interventions ranging from evidence-based programs that have been proven to be effective in reducing trauma symptoms and behavioral problems in children exposed to domestic violence to innovative programs that have limited or no formal evaluation. Some of programs that are not supported by evaluation data are well-established interventions that are informed by decades of experience while others are emerging practices that may provide new ideas and insights for working with children exposed to violence. There is increasing emphasis on implementing evidence-based programming to ensure continued funding and maximize potential effectiveness with limited resources. There are also ongoing opportunities to learn from emerging practices as communities design and adapt services to be culturally relevant and meet families’ need. These emerging practices may be the building blocks of interventions that will be evaluated and become evidence-based programming in the future. This website is updated periodically to provide the latest information on new programming and evaluation as the field advances.

Several programs have been specifically developed for children exposed to domestic violence or have been adapted to work with children exposed to domestic violence. Children growing up in homes with domestic violence often experience other forms of trauma and we can also find pearls of wisdom to inform our work from other interventions that work with traumatized children. Other program profiles on this website describe programs for children who have experienced other types of trauma including child maltreatment and exposure to community violence.

Program Profiles should be viewed as one important piece of information to consider, but their inclusion in this database does not necessarily reflect an endorsement of it by either Futures Without Violence nor the Family Violence Prevention & Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provided funding for this project.