Strengthening What Works : Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

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This national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in collaboration with LTG Associates (LTG,) identified promising practices to prevent intimate partner violence among immigrant and refugee populations in the United States. The program, supported by RWJF from February 2009 to February 2013, gleaned findings from eight diverse programs serving immigrants and refugees with the goal of improving the health and well-being of underserved, vulnerable populations.

Through Strengthening What Works, RWJF was able to support emerging programming for IPV prevention that can serve as models for other communities to establish their own innovative programs designed to reduce intimate partner violence in ethnically diverse populations. The initiative also provided support and resources for organizations to building their capacity to serve vulnerable communities and to conduct and utilize evaluations to improve the effectiveness of their programs.

Participating agencies included: Arab American Action Network, Chicago, Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence, Boston, Asian Women’s Shelter, San Francisco, Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, Minnesota, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Atlanta, Enlace Comunitario, Albuquerque, N.M., Korean Community Center of the East Bay, Oakland, California, Migrant Clinicians Network, Austin, Texas.

Goal:To provide support and resources to assist eight organizations evaluate their programs to prevent intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities, while also building their capacity to evaluate other programs in the future.

Findings and recommendations from this project are summarized in this report. They can be used to inform program, policy and community development as well as organizational development and capacity building to enhance programming delivered to vulnerable populations of immigrants and refugees across the nation.

Impact: The project was evaluated. Results can be found in the report.

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