Key Initiatives

In our effort to better understand, respond to, and prevent domestic violence, the NRCDV has developed a number of key initiatives to facilitate a deeper focus on a particular issue or population.  The NRCDV’s five key initiatives include Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the DV Evidence Project, and VAWnet.


Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence
The BCSDV website offers a platform from which to continue to promote practical and concrete guidance on challenging advocacy issues, such as child safety and supporting victims with ongoing contact with abusive partners. The mission of BCS is to promote victim-defined advocacy and responses. We pursue this through analysis, technical assistance, information, and tools that are practical, ready to use and responsive to the complex challenges advocates face and victim-defined advocacy to ensure that each victim’s experience of violence, culture, life circumstances and children’s needs are used to determine the direction and focus of advocacy and safety strategies, whether on a individual advocacy or policy level.

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project
The NRCDV’s Domestic Violence Awareness Project (DVAP) supports and promotes the national, tribal, territorial, state and local advocacy networks in their ongoing education efforts through public awareness campaigns, strategies, materials, resources, capacity-building and TA. The voices, leadership and expertise of those who have experienced violence have informed the DVAP since its inception in 1998. The NRCDV continues to expand the availability of online resources through recorded webinars and BlogTalkRadio sessions that highlight such issues as effective social media marketing, addressing the needs of survivors across the life span, lessons learned from fatality reviews, and services for children exposed to violence. The website features a variety of materials available for free download, including translated versions of the NRCDV’s Advocate’s and Survivor’s speakers guides in Spanish and Arabic, newly designed handouts and informational “how to” guides on various campaign ideas, and access to a free searchable events database to connect with other events in their area. Additional public awareness materials are available in our online store—shop now and be prepared for DVAM!


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The Domestic Violence 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 in four key areas: Services to Adult Victims, Children’s Services, Prevention (2015), and Reducing Abusive Behavior (2015). The NRCDV has developed a domestic violence conceptual framework and online evidence resource center (available soon), which houses a comprehensive evidence review of domestic violence core services, programs and promising/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.

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VAWnet: the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women

VAWnet serves as the NRCDV’s primary dissemination vehicle for domestic violence information and materials to the field on domestic violence policy, practice and research. One of the NRCDV’s key initiatives, VAWnet is a comprehensive, full-text collection of online resources, developed with core funding from the National Center on Injury Prevention and Control/CDC and sustained with funding from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program at HHS. Ongoing feedback from the field confirms that advocates and practitioners working to end violence against women utilize VAWnet resources to increase their capacity, expand their knowledge, and identify best practice models for prevention and intervention.




Special Projects

Special projects of the NRCDV include PreventIPV, the Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit and The ACE-DV Leadership Forum.


A project of the IPV Prevention Council, PreventIPV provides an opportunity to create and sustain a unified national prevention effort by promoting strategies, tools, and lessons learned by state/territory and community-based prevention programs across the United States. The online space offers peer-driven resources and tools to help build the capacity of domestic violence programs to engage communities in the social change work that is necessary to promote a thriving culture where all relationships are built on respect, equality, and peace.

Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence ToolkitRHY Toolkit

This Toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and domestic and sexual assault (DV/SA) fields to help programs better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth. The Toolkit organizes information, resources, tips and tools drawn from the wealth of information gathered when the two service systems were convened through local collaborative projects funded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

chair-300x300The ACE-DV Leadership Forum

The Adults Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (ACE-DV) Leadership Forum is comprised of advocates in the movement to end gender based violence who identify as having experienced domestic violence in childhood. The Leadership Forum was established to amplify the voices and experiences of ACE-DV to enhance our work to end domestic violence.