Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities
A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative designed in collaboration with LTG Associates
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a serious problem that affects people of all races, cultures and ethnicities, but mainstream interventions do not address the specific needs of immigrant and refugee communities.
Based on the results of SWW, RWJF asked LTG to develop a policy brief and to share it broadly. On October 22, 2014, LTG conducted a webinar briefing for the Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Administration on Children and Families, Federal Department of Health and Human Services. Grantees and professionals from around the country attended the webinar. The PowerPoint and the .mp3 recording of the webinar are available below.
The policy brief is available at the RWJF website: Reducing Intimate Partner Violence And, the brief is featured on the RWJF Forum
In an effort to improve the health and well-being of hard to reach, under served, and vulnerable populations and advance the prevention of IPV, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) invested in a pioneering effort to evaluate eight diverse IPV prevention programs for immigrants and refugees. LTG Associates was the National Program Office. Strengthening What Works (SWW) was designed to identify promising practices to prevent IPV among immigrant and refugee populations in the U.S. and to increase organizational capacity for evaluation among the eight grantee organizations. SWW focused on developing culturally appropriate, rigorous and replicable evaluations of existing prevention interventions that have not been subject to rigorous evaluation. SWW has allowed grantees to refine their programs and identify practice-informed models for prevention that can now be shared with peers and leveraged to advance IPV prevention efforts.
Despite the different community-based approaches and their diverse ethnic populations, the reports suggest that reinforcing positive cultural and social norms and/or promoting healthy relationships mindful of different cultural contexts are critical elements for effective IPV prevention programming within immigrant and refugee communities.
"Community programs spend so much time directly helping people that sometimes there is very little capacity for evaluation efforts. While we know intuitively their programs have a positive impact, we have an opportunity to strengthen these results and give back to other communities with solutions to address IPV. Two of these programs - Migrant Clinician's Network in Austin and Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco - will be adapted in new communities." --WENDY YALLOWITZ, RWJF PROGRAM OFFICER
The following programs were evaluated: