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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Determining the Effectiveness of an Intervention Notebook for Domestic Violence Survivors

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It is documented that domestic violence survivors, especially mothers, experience anxiety and fear when encountering the Child Protective Services system. With victims experiencing feelings of unease and worry within the system, it is important for any intervention to focus on empowering the survivor in oppressive environments. The purpose of this public service project (PSP) was to research the effectiveness of a new intervention - the Child Protective Services (CPS) Notebook. Part of the evaluation is being conducted, with the approval of an IRB application, through the completion of a literature review and the creation of an instrument to measure the effectiveness of the notebook. In the completion of a literature review, the author is researching evaluation methods and questions that have been used by previous studies and proven suitable for the PSP. This project creates reliable materials for initial, 1 month and 3 month follow up interviews with survivors using the notebook. To determine the notebook’s effectiveness the evaluation will include questions about survivors’ self-perceptions, self-empowerment and their understanding of the CPS system. This will assist in determining the effectiveness of the notebook as an intervention for survivors and it’s influence on their experience with the CPS system.This PSP has generated a mutually beneficial relationship between UNC Asheville and the Buncombe County Family Justice Center and has brought insight to the author about the prevalence of domestic violence in the community and the adversity survivors endure. There are many administrative and privacy challenges faced during this PSP. The author has gone through an interview process, domestic violence training and research training to ensure essential sensitivity throughout the project. The author learned that the CPS process is complex and that there is an essential need for resources to assist survivors through the system.

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Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center