Home Visitation Programs Can Help More Families if They Address Domestic Violence
The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 and included provisions to support America's Healthy Futures Act, a $1.5 billion dollar 5-year national initiative to support maternal infant and early childhood home visitation programs.
In addition to providing funds to support these services, the legislation also included new benchmark requirements for States. One such benchmark requires home visitation programs to measure a reduction in "crime or domestic violence".
Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, has been working with home visitation programs and providing domestic violence and child abuse training and education for more than a decade.
When it comes to promoting health and safety outcomes for women and children impacted by abuse, there is an art to good assessment, primary prevention and anticipatory guidance messaging in programs. What one says and how it's said-whether by direct assessment or through universal education-matters and can be the difference when developing trusting relationships with mothers.
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