FFI staff spent two jam-packed days in Atlanta with 13 agencies from around the country exploring formation of a Domestic and Sexual Violence (DSV) Cohort Demonstration Project. These agencies share a commitment to looking at ways mainstream services can be redesigned to become more people- and family-centered, so survivors facing complex challenges have the freedom and resources to live healthy lives on their own terms. Based on the discussions at the meeting, there is an overwhelming desire to form a learning and action community that will work together on bringing the more effective and innovative practices to light, as well as on strategies to remove barriers to those practices. Organizations represented at the meeting included:
Caminar Latino in Doraville, GA
Division of Violence Prevention
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA
The Center for Hope and Healing (CHH) in Lowell, MA
The Cherokee Family Violence Center (CFVC) in Canton, GA
Coburn Place Safe Haven in Indianapolis, IN
DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence (DCCADV) in Washington, D.C.
District Alliance for Safe Housing (DASH) Washington, D.C.
Friendship Home in Lincoln, NE
The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities in St.Paul, MN
New Orleans Family Justice Center In New Orleans, LA
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence in Waltham, MA
Empower Yolo (formerly:Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center) in Woodland, CA
Walnut Avenue Women’s Center (WAWC) in Santa Cruz, CA