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’. It combines research, evaluation, practice and theory to inform critical decision-making by domestic violence programs and allies.”
DV programs engage in a wide range of activities designed to positively impact the social and emotional well-being for both survivors and their children. Specifically, they work to increase women’s and children’s sense of self-efficacy as well as their hope for the future, and directly increase their access to community resources, opportunities, and supports (including social support). While the actual services may differ across agencies — emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, transitional housing, supervised visitation, children’s programs, support groups — services for both survivors and their children tend to share key features, including ideally the involvement of survivors in their design and development.
This website presents “what we know about services to adult victims of domestic violence from the empirical evidence that is available and from emerging and promising evidence from the field. Also included is a conceptual framework, research bibliography, and evaluation tools.”