Thank you for your interest in The Community Advocacy Project, an evidence-based program designed to help women survivors of intimate partner abuse re-gain control of their lives. This project, which is strengths-based and survivor-centered, can be incorporated into many domestic violence programs fairly easily and inexpensively. It has been shown to decrease women’s risk of re-abuse, and to increase their quality of life, level of social support, and ability to obtain the community resources they need.
The intervention occurs in women’s home and communities, and is short-term (10 weeks) but intensive (4-6 hours a week). Trained advocates help women work on goals that they have decided are important to them, and the program has been successful with women leaving the relationship as well as staying in the relationship.
Within this site are all of the materials you need to train and supervise community advocates. Your feedback is welcome, and we would like to keep track of who is using this intervention. Please let us know how this is working in your community!
Dr. Cris M. Sullivan
Coordinator, MSU Violence Against Women Research & Outreach Initiative
Professor, Ecological/Community Psychology
Michigan State University