Building Safety, Repairing Harm – Lessons and Discoveries from the Office on Violence Against Women’s Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program – Demonstration Initiative
Contributions by Beth McNamara, Ellen Pence, Maren Hansen-Kramer, Tracee Parker, Leslie Landis, Mary Lovik, and Shelia Hankins
As part of the Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Grant Program, the Office on Violence Against Women developed and implemented a multi-year Demonstration Initiative to examine promising practices and take a sustained look at supervised visitation and safe exchange in the context of battering and other forms of domestic violence. It selected four demonstration sites to carry out this work: Santa Clara County, California; the City of Chicago, Illinois; the City of Kent, Washington; and the State of Michigan. This report presents the initiative’s collective and individual examination of visitation center practices, community partnerships, cultural accessibility, security, and sustainability.