• Adult Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
  • Runaway & Homeless Youth Toolkit
  • Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
  • Violence Against Women Resource Library
  • Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Project
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

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 three key initiatives include the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, the DV Evidence Project, and VAWnet

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project
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 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.


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 Safe Housing Partnerships, PreventIPV, the ACE-DV Leadership Forum, Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit, and Community Based Participatory Research Toolkit.

Safe Housing Partnerships

A project of the Domestic Violence and Housing Technical Assistance Consortium, Safe Housing Partnerships provides help with understanding the connections between domestic and sexual violence and safe, affordable housing. is a collection of strategies, resources, case studies, reports, and statistics that providers and advocates can use to enhance services and better meet the needs of survivors who are or are at risk of becoming homeless.


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 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.


The 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.

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Community Based Participatory Research Toolkit

This toolkit is for researchers across disciplines and social locations who are working in academic, policy, community, or practice-based settings. In particular, the toolkit provides support to emerging researchers as they consider whether and how to take a CBPR approach and what it might mean in the context of their professional roles and settings. Domestic violence advocates will also find useful information on the CBPR approach and how it can help answer important questions about your work.