Domestic Violence Awareness Program
The National Law Enforcement Museum is pleased to announce the development of an exciting initiative, the Domestic Violence Awareness Program (DVAP). The DVAP aims to help school staff identify and support elementary school students who are exposed to domestic violence.
Tragically, each year in the U.S., approximately 7 to 14 million children witness assaults against a parent by an intimate partner (Edleson, Ellerton, Seagren, Schmidt & Ambrose, 2007). Research has demonstrated that exposure to domestic violence, including hearing about the abuse after it has occurred, may result in the same negative outcomes as experiencing the violence directly. And although the effects of exposure vary from child to child, children who grow up in homes where domestic violence occurs are more likely to be violent themselves and become victims of abuse.
Domestic violence is obviously a severe problem for those directly affected by it. However, many people do not realize the heavy toll it also takes on law enforcement- through the number of officers who are killed and injured each year responding to such incidents.
In this light, it is easy to see why domestic violence will remain a critical issue for both law enforcement and the public it serves. By enabling school leaders to develop coordinated, well-planned approaches that support children exposed to domestic violence, the Museum ultimately hopes to help build communities that are free from domestic violence.
For more information about the Domestic Violence Awareness Program, or how your school can participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.