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Title: Protect, Heal, Thrive: Lessons Learned From the Defending Childhood Demonstration Program
Author(s): Rachel Swaner; Lama H. Ayoub; Elise Jensen; Michael Rempel
Corporate Author: Center for Court Innovation
United States of America
Date Published: May 2015
Page Count: 76
Sponsoring Agency: Center for Court Innovation
New York, NY 10018
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2010-IJ-CX-0015
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Technical Assistance
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As part of the evaluation of the U.S. Justice Department’s Defending Childhood Demonstration Program - a national initiative to counter the occurrence and harms of children’s exposure to violence - this report on six of the eight demonstration sites summarizes implementation strategies, lessons learned, and promising practices.
Abstract: There were overarching themes evident in the different strategies the sites chose to pursue. These themes pertain to prevention programs (universal and targeted prevention); intervention with children exposed to violence (screening and assessment, treatment, and case management and advocacy); community and professional awareness and education; and interagency collaboration (collaborative bodies, system infrastructure, and capacity building). Some other themes pertain to tribal site and tradition, the special needs of rural sites, local politics, and the management of transitions. The 58 recommendations presented were developed through interviews with staff and stakeholders at each site, the technical assistance providers, and some grant managers of the Office of Juvenile Justice and delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The recommendations are categorized by the parties to whom they are directed. These include jurisdictions interested in replicating a demonstration site’s program, tribal communities, funding providers, technical assistance providers, and researchers and evaluators. 11 tables and appended aggregate program outputs by year, process evaluation stakeholder interview protocol, and sample quarterly implementation report
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Children Exposed to Violence; Children of battered women; Interagency cooperation; National Institute of Justice (NIJ); NIJ final report; NIJ Resources; Program planning; Psychological victimization effects
Note: See NCJ 248929, 248930, 248931, 248932, 248933, and 248934 for related NIJ-sponsored site reports.
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