Commentary from NMCADV Executive Director, Pam Wiseman:
People may want to know whether the work performed by domestic organizations really helps. According to excellent, national research, we now know that it does!
In fact, when advocates perform their work well, they create the conditions in victim’s lives and the lives of their children, that lead to greater well-being and reduced violence.
In fact, the harm to children from experiencing violence can actually be reversed when well trained, knowledgeable, domestic violence, staff intervene.
The financial, social, and human cost of domestic violence is extraordinary and long term. In 2013, Forbes Magazine reported the annual costs of domestic violence nationwide to be $8.3 billion; a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8 billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion). The cost to New Mexico is proportional and significant.
It may seem like a hopeless problem. But the good news is that we know what works to reduce the incidence and the effects of exposure to violence. We know how to create well-being for children and parents.
The NMCADV provides training and support to help domestic violence advocates do their jobs exceptionally well. New, expanded trainings are being planned every year that focus on helping advocates improve their client’s safety and well-being. One important project, focused on building program capacity to serve children well, is now in its third successful year. Research findings are beginning to show its effectiveness.
More information on the research can be found at www.dvevidenceproject.org
There is also a report on BIP effectiveness Here.
Domestic Violence Hurts. Hope Heals.