Is Advocacy Effective? A Review of the Research Evidence / 20 November 2012

Presented By: BWJP and National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: DV Evidence Project, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

Date: Tuesday November 20, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:30 Central Time
Location: Your Desk

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Audio options are: 
1) Teleconference (cost of calling long distance to Texas is your responsibility); 
2) VoIP (free audio through the internet, speakers are required). 

Presenter: Cris Sullivan, Ph.D., Professor, Ecological/Community Psychology, Associate Chair, Psychology Department, Michigan State University.

Content: Most domestic violence service programs engage in various forms of advocacy. Advocacy involves more than providing emotional support and referrals - it is a distinct activity that involves working to change policies, practices and conditions that are negatively impacting people. Some domestic violence advocates work on a wide range of areas with survivors, while others focus on one particular system, such as the welfare, housing, or legal system. Few advocacy interventions have been rigorously evaluated, and the belief in their effectiveness has largely been based on anecdotal evidence. This is problematic as more and more as advocates are being asked to discuss programming and “evidence based practices.” This is problematic as more and more funders are pushing “evidence based practice.” In this webinar, Cris Sullivan will review the empirical evidence behind providing advocacy services for domestic violence survivors. There are a number of studies that have shown how effective advocacy can be, and these findings can be used to justify funding such services.

These studies have been documented by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s DV Evidence Project funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. The DV EVIDENCE PROJECT is designed to assist state coalitions, local domestic violence programs, researchers, and other allied individuals and organizations better respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating evidence-based practice into their work. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has developed a DV Evidence online resource center which houses a comprehensive evidence review of domestic violence core services, programs and innovative practices. TA and training tools will be developed in parallel to enhance the domestic violence field’s capacity to thoughtfully and responsibly review and/or translate evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence into their work. For more information visit

Registration Details: This webinar is open to OVW GTEAP (Arrest) Grantees, the Military Email List, and the general public.

  • GTEAP grantees: you will need your OVW-issued grant number to register for this training. 
  • Military Email List use: 2011-WEAX-1981
  • General public you will need to use: 2011-WEAX-1801
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Funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health and Human Services
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