Family Advocacy for Domestic Violence Survivors

Long-term, family-centered evaluation research designed to support survivors of domestic violence. 

Featured Study: The Family Advocacy Program

Project Details

Funder: New Beginnings 

Project Duration: 2017-2021

Lead Investigator: Dr. Katie Gregory

Publication Coming Soon!

With funding from New Beginnings in Seattle WA (through a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant), Dr. Katie Gregory is Examining the Impact of Family Advocacy on The Resiliency of Children Whose Mothers Have Been Abused by Current or Former Intimate Partners. The Family Advocacy Program is a family-centered intervention designed to provide intensive support and advocacy services to children and their mothers who have experienced domestic abuse in the prior 6 months. The goal of the program is to positively influence those factors that will reduce the negative effects of abuse on children’s lives, and enhance their resiliency. To this end, highly trained and supervised staff assist children and their mothers in numerous ways for a period of eight weeks after they have moved to a new, safe location.

Project Goals

Explore

Explore the community with the family, identifying resources and supports that can enhance the family’s social and economic well-being.

Identify

Identify the child(ren)’s strengths, interests, and skills, and then link them to activities and opportunities that will showcase their skills and interests. 

Enhance

Explore the child(ren)’s school together, and coach mothers (as needed) in interacting with school personnel to receive desired services and enhance their child(ren)’s academic achievement

Connect

Connect with at least one supportive person in each child’s life and build that relationship so that a natural mentor exists for each child

Build

Build on family strengths, and repaid any damage done to the mother-child bond as a result of the abuse.

Family Safety Planning

Play Video

Watch this mini doc about a community-based, collaborative research project led by Dr. Katie Gregory and colleagues. 

Duration: 4 minutes

Research Team

Carlson, Melanie

Curriculum Vitae About Melanie Carlson is a third-year doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University.  She received her MSW from the University of Georgia (UGA) with a...

Thronson, Veronica Tobar T., J.D.

Curriculum Vitae About Veronica Thronson is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the Michigan State University College of Law. The Immigration Law...

Gregory, Katie Ann, Ph.D.

About Katie Gregory is an assistant professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and the associate director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. She is interested in helping improve services for survivors and...

Sullivan, Cris M., Ph.D.

Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence, and is a Senior Fellow of MSU’s Office on Outreach and Engagement. Her areas of...

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