This brief is intended to support both researchers and father-serving professionals in their efforts to study, evaluate, and implement practices for use in fatherhood programs to help prevent and address domestic violence. It provides background information on the consequences of domestic violence for families and children, describes domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts in the context of fatherhood programming, and provides examples of promising practices used by fatherhood programs to help prevent and address domestic violence. Additional resources for preventing and addressing domestic violence are also provided.
This brief was created through the Preventing and Addressing Intimate Violence when Engaging Dads (PAIVED) study. PAIVED was funded by the Office of Family Assistance and overseen by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation. Child Trends and their partners, Boston Medical Center and Futures Without Violence, conducted the study.
It is important for practitioners to understand the difference between prevention and intervention. It is also important to recognize the unique role that fatherhood programs can play in helping both to prevent domestic violence and intervene when it occurs. This brief outlines several promising practices that fatherhood programs use to help prevent and address domestic violence.
Promising practices to help prevent domestic violence include:
Promising practices to help intervene when fathers use domestic violence include:
Promising practices to both help prevent domestic violence and intervene when it has occurred include:
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