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Understanding Children, Immigration, and Family Violence: A National Examination of the Issues
Learning Systems Group (LSG),Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF)
Washington, DC: Learning Systems Group (LSG),Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF)
September 2005, 24 pages
Understanding Children, Immigration, and Family Violence, a collaboration between Learning Systems Group (LSG) and Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), seeks to enhance services for immigrant children and families affected by domestic violence. The issues and recommendations articulated in this report summarize the findings from interviews with practitioners, researchers, and experts across the country. BRYCS representatives Julianne Duncan, Lyn Morland and Laura Schmidt participated on this National Workgroup. The report identifies challenges and opportunities in reaching out to and delivering services to immigrant children and families affected by domestic violence, best practices in serving them, and policy implications for the work. CONTENTS NATIONAL WORKGROUP INTRODUCTION BACKGROUND Domestic violence Immigrant and Refugee Families in the United States Types of Immigration Status Impact of Domestic Violence on Adult and Child Victims The Response to Domestic Violence STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES FACED BY IMMIGRANT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT SERVE THEM Strengths Challenges BEST PRACTICE RECOMMENDATIONS POLICY IMPLICATIONS Policy Recommendations Evaluation Additional Recommendations for FVPSA State Administrators RESOURCES National Organizations Training Resources Selected Programs Serving Immigrant Children Affected by Domestic Violence ENDNOTES