Welcome to the Promising Futures website! We hope that you find this a useful resource for helping you transform or enhance your program’s ability to effectively meet the needs of women, children and youth experiencing domestic violence**. Given DV programs are constantly facing funding cuts and are under pressure to demonstrate positive outcomes, it is essential that we are strategic about prioritizing effective interventions that are trauma informed, developmentally and culturally relevant, and strengthen the mother-child relationship. Furthermore, as a field, we are at a pivotal moment in our movement history where we need to consider how partnering with researchers and documenting our successes can assist in advancing the field and securing essential resources.
Whether you are just starting to explore how your program’s policies could better reflect an equal commitment to mothers and children, or you have been delivering holistic services for all family members for years, this website has information and tools that can help you advance your practice. The website is organized around five major topics:
- Get the Facts: includes general information and statistics about the effects of domestic violence on children, parenting, and outlines some guiding principles for enhancing our services for children and youth.
- Program Readiness: is designed to assist programs in revisiting their infrastructure, physical environment, policies and practices to better support the mother-child relationship and institutionalize the notion that our advocacy for mothers and kids should be connected in every way.
- Interventions for Children and Youth: includes searchable database of promising practices and evidence based clinical interventions for children and youth to help programs promote healing and resilience among mothers and children together. This section also includes some resources and information on working with special populations, and adaptation and evaluation of programs.
- Advancing the Field: discusses how advocates can be more intentional about implementing research informed practice including trauma informed strategies and partnering with researchers to document our success. This section also contains, Communities in Action which highlights innovative leaders in the field who are working on implementing new and enhancing existing interventions and policies to better serve children and youth within their programs.
- Tools: includes a multitude of resources to assist programs in capacity building including training curriculum, resources for families, and tools for research and evaluation.
We envisioned this website as an evolving resource for advocates and programs so please share with us all of the innovative work and tools you have developed so that we can continue to highlight the work of the field. This website is for you, so please let us know how we can support and advance your practice.
**Regarding the use of gendered pronouns throughout this website–we acknowledge that both women and men can be victims of domestic violence, but research suggests that women are more often victims and suffer more serious injury and death than men1,2,3. Both men and women can be violent in same-sex couples, and a man can be abused by a female partner. However, the majority of domestic violence situations involve a man being abusive with a female partner and for this reason, we use female pro-nouns to reference victims of domestic violence and male pro-nouns when referencing the abuser.1,2,3
Futures Without Violence would like to thank the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for their generous support in addition to the many contributors to this website.
The development of this website was supported by Grant Number 90EV0401 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Neither the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse this website including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided.
1Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Female Victims of Violence, 2009,” U.S. Department of Justice, 2010 .
2Catalano, Shannan. 2007. “Intimate Partner Violence in the United States”. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.
3 Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M.R. (2011). The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention., table 4.1, p.38.