What the Evidence Says: Intimate Partner Violence and Home Visiting
Home visiting services geared toward pregnant women and families with young children offer an opportunity to intervene and support mothers at risk for intimate partner violence (IPV). In theory, effective services might reduce the incidence of IPV and thereby reduce the likelihood that children witness family violence. Research has demonstrated that some home visiting models can improve child and maternal health outcomes in general, but less is known about the effectiveness of home visiting in reducing IPV outcomes in particular. To address this research gap, the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project summarized the IPV findings from research on home visiting models HomVEE has classified as “evidence-based” according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) criteria.