Five Years Later: Final Implementation Lessons from the Evaluation of Responsible Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening Grants for Incarcerated and Reentering Fathers and Their Partners. Building Safe Relationships: Addressing Domestic Violence

05/01/2013

The time of incarceration and reentry targeted by MFS-IP programs presents opportunities for justice-involved men and their partners to build better family relationships. Reentry can also be a time of elevated risk, as couples struggle to safely rebuild their relationships after release. Recognizing this possibility, OFA required that each grantee demonstrate plans to partner with a domestic violence coalition or expert consultant and develop a domestic violence protocol. Sites’ approaches to each of these requirements—and their perceived success—varied widely.[8]

“Even if they didn’t commit a violent offense to get here, just by being in a prison they’re being steeped in violence.”
                  —former MFS-IP grantee (CA)

 

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