Advocacy Tools

What do new health policy changes on DV mean for domestic/ sexual violence advocates? 

They offer opportunities for deeper collaborations and coalition building with health providers, stronger referrals, and the potential for better outcomes for women.

It means taking our work to help end violence against women to a new level nationally.

They will also likely lead to increased demands for training, coalition building and referrals over time.

For a memo on the impact of recommendations on domestic and sexual violence programs click here.

Health professionals and IPV advocacy programs both have strong underpinnings in promoting social equality and wellness for women and children. It is important to acknowledge this shared strength, because it is also true health care and advocacy programs may have different philosophies and missions, and use different terminology that can be confusing or even conflicting. Given this, Futures in collaboration with partners across the country, has put together a series of links below to simplify how to develop successful collaboration across programming to improve the health of your clients.

Resources for Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates

  • The Survivor Brochure: Developed in partnership with the National Center on Mental Health and Trauma and Olga Trujillo, JD an independent consultant, nationally renowned speaker, survivor, and attorney dedicated to enhancing understanding of—and building effective responses to—violence against women and children, FUTURES developed a new health brochure for women who have survived childhood or adult violence/abuse.
  • Quality Assessment/Quality Improvement Tool for Domestic Violence Programs: This tool was developed in 2016 by Futures Without Violence and Dr. Elizabeth Miller, University of Pittsburgh. It is intended to provide Domestic Violence (DV) programs with some guiding questions to assess how well they may be addressing the health needs of DV survivors. This includes addressing physical and mental health concerns as well as access to health services. The information is to be used as a benchmark for each program to engage in quality improvement efforts.

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