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

     A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative  designed in collaboration with LTG Associates
     Publisher: LTG Associates, April 2014

    picture of immigrant women 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.

    cover of SWW Briefing Powerpoint

    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.

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    "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:
    • Youth Healthy Relationship Initiative, Arab American Action Network, Chicago, IL. This program helps teen and young adult Arab Americans recognize IPV, reduce conflict, and develop healthy relationships.

    • Youth Empowerment Project, Asian Taskforce Against Domestic Violence, Boston, MA. A leadership program for Asian teens to help them become agents of change and anti-IPV advocates in their communities.

    • Chai Chats and Homophobia Busters, Asian Women's Shelter, San Francisco, CA. Programs the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and the wider API community to promote healthy relationships and reduce homophobia.

    • Lideres, Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul, MN. A leadership program for Latina women and girls which teaches peer leadership, communication and presentation skills to prevent IPV.

    • Dreaming and Visioning For a Better Tomorrow, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Atlanta, GA. Educational workshops and support groups for Bhutanese and Burmese refugees to discuss IPV issues and give participants knowledge and skills for healthy relationships.

    • Promotora, Enlace Comunitario, Albequerque, NM. A leadership training program for Latina immigrant survivors of IPV to become advocates against IPV in their community.

    • Shimtuh, Korean Community Center of the East Bay, Oakland, CA. Faith-based programs for clergy and lay people to reduce IPV and build support for healthy relationships.

    • Hombres Unidos Contra Violencia Familiar (Men United Against Family Violence), Migrant Clinicians Network, Austin, TX. This program works to reduce IPV by building upon positive cultural values in the Latino migrant worker community.

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