What we do

Improving community and system responses to children and their families are key objectives of the FVPF (“Family Violence Prevention Fund”)children’s program. As a nation, we face the challenge of developing enhanced community action strategies and service interventions to provide security and safety for all members of a family and prevent the problems of child abuse and violence against so many women from re-occurring.

A good example of the things we do and the necessity of our initiatives is illustrated in this 2009 Carol Wilson Spigner video. Carol is a Clinical Educator and an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Listen to her testifying about the topics “How To Prevent Child Abuse” and “How To Improve Our Response To Families in Crises”:

Additionally, we address many health-related issues in this website specifically for women. Having a healthy mind in a healthy body will encourage women to stand up against injustice and domestic violence in a more balanced way. So you won’t be surprised that you will find numerous health pages as well.

Through a myriad of projects including qualitative research with survivors and activists, community organizing efforts, and groundbreaking work to engage fathers, the FVPF listens to families in order to create viable strategies for changing the social and institutional norms that perpetuate family violence.

For too long our services have polarized families from each other and their communities- we are working with various domestic violence prevention programs, batterer recovery and intervention programs, child welfare organizations and a number of community organizers for influencing and forming and building effective collaborations and partnerships for the promotion of healthy and safe families.

About us

Our website provides online resources for safety and women and aims to improve community and system responses to children and their families are key objectives of the children’s program.

As a nation, we face the challenge of developing enhanced service interventions and community action strategies that will work to provide safety and security for all family members and prevent the problems of child abuse and violence against women from re-occurring.

Through a myriad of projects including qualitative research with survivors and activists, community organizing efforts, and groundbreaking work to engage fathers, our organization listens to families in order to create viable strategies for changing the social and institutional norms that perpetuate family violence.

For too long our services have polarized families from each other and their communities- we are working with many batterer intervention programs, domestic violence programs, child welfare organizations, and community agencies while forming successful collaborations and building partnerships with these groups of professionals to promote healthy and safe families.

Health

Domestic violence is a healthcare issue. The Dept. of Justice has reported that almost 40 percent of the women that were seeking care in emergency rooms of hospitals and clinics for violence-related inflicted injuries were in fact injured by a former or current boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse.

This puts healthcare providers in a unique position to help victims of abuse if they know how to detect domestic violence and provide victims with referrals and support. But, all too often, healthcare providers will not discuss domestic abuse or sexual assault with the patients or even don’t screen a patient for signs of domestic violence. Fewer than ten percent of primary care physicians routinely screen patients for domestic violence during regular office visits, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Rights Project

Helping immigrant women become their own advocates may be the best and only sustainable way to address the needs of immigrant women survivors of abuse. This Immigrant Women Rights Project is recognizing the unique challenges that immigrant women face as they are struggling for safety in our country.

This program is educating women about the rights they have and will help them with developing their leadership skills so that they may get involved in changing the policies that are affecting them. When they become emerging and committed leaders, they may well play a crucial role in supporting and educating other women, informing agencies and institutions about their specific needs, demanding access to public services, and instruction other women on how to best address and deal with sexual assault and domestic violence.