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New Brief Details Promising Approach to Advancing Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

Today, in partnership with Maternity Care Coalition and Philadelphia’s Office of Domestic Violence Strategies, PolicyLab released an issue brief outlining an ideal systems-level response to preventing intimate partner violence (IPV) through partnerships between home visiting programs and IPV agencies.

IPV is a prevalent public health issue in the U.S., with significant physical and psychological impacts for survivors and their children and tremendous costs to all systems that support family success.

Effectively addressing a complex issue like IPV requires a comprehensive approach to prevent IPV before it occurs, identify and connect survivors to care and prevent repeated harmful behavior, and provide treatment to lessen the long-term consequences of IPV—all of which is often not realistic or logical for a single organization to manage.

With complementary approaches to delivering comprehensive, sustainable IPV prevention, community-based IPV-focused agencies and home visiting programs make an ideal partnership to support families with appropriate services in safe environments and reduce the toll of IPV on families and communities; however, challenges exist—such as privacy concerns around data sharing and lack of streamlined processes for referrals—that can prevent these successful partnerships. Our new brief—which is grounded in a project organized by a community-academic research team—discuss these barriers further and provides steps that can be taken to address them.