The Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) requires a partnership with a state, tribal, or local unit of government. The state, tribal, or local unit of government appoints an employee of the applicant agency as the coordinator for the Supervised Visitation Program project.

This person is responsible for coordinating the financial and programmatic aspects of the project, including serving as the point of contact with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and technical assistance providers; convening consulting committee meetings; coordinating site visits and on-site technical assistance events; participating in mandatory OVW meetings and trainings; and ensuring that the project is developed and implemented in compliance with the statutory minimum requirements of the Supervised Visitation Program.

Domestic Violence Information

  • Culture Handbook by Sujata Warrier on behalf of Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) (2005). This handbook is designed to be used by advocates and professionals who work with those who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. It provides basic in­formation on how to understand culture and begin the process of challenging oneself to become more aware of the ways in which culture impacts our work and the lives of those who are victims. Read this handbook
  • Domestic Violence in the Lives of Children by Jeffrey L. Edelson and Jessie Bills, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, University of Minnesota (2009). This online learning module addresses the impact of adult-to-adult domestic violence on the lives of children. It details how children are exposed to domestic violence and discusses current research findings. Review this learning module
  • Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against Mothers Shapes Children as They Grow by Alison Cunningham and Linda Baker, Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System (2007). This publication examines how children experience violence against their mothers and how those experiences may shape them as they grow, from infancy to adolescence. Read this publication
  • Power and Control Wheel by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs. The Power and Control Wheel was developed from the experience of battered women in Duluth who had been abused by their male partners. It does not attempt to give a broad understanding of all violence in the home or community, but instead offers a more precise explanation of the tactics men use to batter women. View the Power and Control Wheel
  • The Parenting of Men Who Batter by Lundy Bancroft in Court Review: The Journal of the American Judges Association (Summer 2002). This article discusses the parenting characteristics commonly observed in batterers and the implications for children’s emotional and physical well-being, their relationships with their mothers and siblings, and the development of their belief systems. Read this article
  • Shout. The Story of Domestic Violenceby Sam Nuttmann and Mark Davis, Session 7 Media (2010). This documentary film follows the story of Sam Nuttmann, whose sister was murdered as a result of domestic violence, as he discusses the realities of domestic violence through personal interviews with survivors, politicians, domestic violence advocates, family members, legal professionals, journalists, and others affected by the issue. View the film

  • Assessing Risk Factors for Intimate Partner Homicide by Jacquelyn C. Campbell et al, National Institute of Justice Journal (2003). This study of the Danger Assessment Tool finds that despite certain limitations, the tool can, with some reliability, identify women who may be at risk of being killed by an intimate partner. Read this study
  • Conceptualizing Trauma and Resilience Across Diverse Contexts by Pratyusha Tummala-Narra in Vol. 14, No. 1 of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (2007). This article provides a multicultural understanding of trauma and resilience as experienced in the lives of individuals from diverse cultural and racial backgrounds. Read this article
  • Intersection of Disability, Diversity, and Domestic Violence: Results of National Focus Groups by Elizabeth Lightfoot and Oliver Williams in Vol. 18, No. 2 of the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (2009). This article examines the unique issues faced by people with physical and sensory disabilities in accessing help for domestic violence, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of people of color with disabilities. Read this article
  • Intimate Partner Violence in Immigrant and Refugee Communities: Challenges, Promising Practices, and Recommendations by Michael Runner et al., Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund) (2009). This report examines the issue of intimate partner violence in immigrant and refugee communities in the United States from a variety of standpoints, including the legal rights and practical challenges facing immigrant and refugee victims of violence, the ways systems are responding, and the promising practices. Read this report
  • Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence by Larry Bennett and Patricia Bland, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (2008). This paper discusses the co-occurrence of substance abuse and intimate partner violence, highlights the special role of men’s drunkenness in intimate partner violence, examines substance abuse by victims of intimate partner violence, and presents issues related to coordination and integration of substance abuse and intimate partner violence services. Read this paper
  • The Role of Culture, Context, and Legal Immigrant Status on Intimate Partner Violence by Anita Raj and Jay Silverman in Vol. 8, No. 3 of Violence Against Women (2002). This article reviews the research literature and finds that the little data that exists demonstrates that immigrant women’s cultures, contexts, and legal status increase vulnerability for abuse, are used to control and abuse immigrant women, and create barriers to women seeking and receiving help. Read this article
  • Understanding Women’s Experiences Parenting in the Context of Domestic Violence: Implications for Community and Court-Related Service Providers by Peter G. Jaffe and Claire V. Crooks, Violence Against Women Online Resources (2005). This paper identifies and discusses seven central themes that highlight the intersection between women abuse and parenting. Specific implications and recommendations for community and court service providers are offered. Read this paper
  • Violence Against Women with Mental Illness by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (2007). This report reviews existing literature on mental illness and victimization; provides information on relevant mental health or victim service programs and resources; and recommends research, methods of developing policy and programs, and types of training and education to improve services for this population. Read this report

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Grant Information

  • Grants 101: Overview of the OJP Grants and Funding. This Office of Justice Programs website helps communities navigate the grant process. Visit this website
  • Violence Against Women Act: Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI). VAWA MEI helps the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) document and measure the work of OVW grantees nationwide that address violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The VAWA MEI website provides summary data reports that reflect information provided by Supervised Visitation Program grantees in their semi-annual progress reports, progress report forms and instructions, trainings and ongoing technical assistance on the progress reports to grantees, a database designed to help grantees collect the required data for the progress reports, and OVW updates. Visit this website
  • The Supervised Visitation Program: What You Need to Know presented by Michelle Dodge and Lori Crowder (2009). This educational video provides an overview of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) and the statutory program requirements for potential grantees. It also covers some frequently asked questions about the Supervised Visitation Program. Watch the video

Reports on the Supervised Visitation Program

  • 2006 Report to Congress on the Effectiveness of Grant Programs Under the Violence Against Women Act by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The report on the Supervised Visitation Program begins on page 133. Read this report

Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Information

  • Guiding Principles of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice (2007). This resource was created to guide the development of and administration of Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program (Supervised Visitation Program) centers with an eye toward addressing the needs of children and adult victims of domestic violence in visitation and exchange settings. The Guiding Principles look beyond the visitation and exchange setting to address how communities funded under the Supervised Visitation Program can address domestic violence in the larger community. Read the Guiding Principles