• July/August 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 7

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Preventing DV Among Immigrant, Refugee Families

A report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) highlights the results of an evaluation of eight interpersonal violence (IPV) prevention programs targeted toward immigrant and refugee families living in the United States. The initiative was part of the Strengthening What Works program, a national program from RWJF in collaboration with LGT Associates to identify promising IPV prevention practices. As the segment of immigrant households across the nation increases, this report may be of interest to child welfare and related professionals working with families within this vulnerable population.

The report notes that conventional IPV interventions do not address the unique needs of immigrant and refugee families, and there is little research on the effects of domestic violence within these populations. From 2009 to 2013, eight grants were awarded in the program for grantees to carry out two core components: (1) grantees implemented and evaluated an IPV prevention program, and (2) Strengthening What Works helped grantees build their capacity to design and implement evaluations. The program evaluated IPV prevention initiatives serving diverse immigrant and refugee communities, including Asian, Asian/Pacific Islander, Arab, and Hispanic populations.

Key findings included the following:

  • Culturally tailored programs that promote healthy relationships can be effective in preventing IPV within this population.
  • Promoting healthy relationships should occur within the cultural norms of the immigrant or refugee community.
  • Programs designed for one ethnic population may be applicable to other communities.

Strengthening What Works: Preventing Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Evaluation Summary is available on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website:

http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/02/strengthening-what-works.html

 Related Item

Children's Bureau Express featured a Spotlight on Child Welfare and Immigration in the June 2013 issue:

https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewSection&issueID=147&subsectionID=49

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