Performance Improvement 2010. Improve Domestic Violence and Emergency Preparedness Programs


A national consensus panel on emergency preparedness and cultural diversity was formed comprised of organizations representing a breadth of disciplines.  The panel examined strategies that local health agencies should utilize to ensure inclusion of racially and ethnically diverse communities in emergency preparedness plans in order to eliminate disparities in serving racial and ethnic minority communities across all stages of an emergency event.  The panel recommended that similar consensus activities involve multiple stakeholders, assure that different perspectives are heard, and be flexible about both timeline and participation.  (8664)

The Multi-State Study of Domestic Violence Shelter Experiences captured the experiences of 3,410 domestic violence shelter residents in 215 programs across eight states.  The study revealed these shelter programs offered comprehensive, diverse and supportive services from bilingual advocacy to individual counseling, from support through the court process to help finding affordable housing.  Virtually all shelter residents described their stays in shelters as helpful.  Residents reported remarkably positive outcomes from staying at domestic violence shelters including access to safety, access to community resources, feeling hopeful about their future and confident that they would achieve their long-term goals.  A majority of mothers reported that their children felt more supported and that their children were able to express their feelings without violence.  These outcomes are particularly significant because they are associated with longer-term improved safety and well-being in experimental, longitudinal studies.  The services shelter residents requested most often were those related to personal safety, counseling and emotional support, help with economic issues, and child-related needs. (9299). 

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