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Awarded Cooperative Agreement to Prevent Violence and Violence-Related Injury

Effectiveness of Housing Intervention for Battered Women

FOA Number: CE05-017 - Intervention and Evaluation Trials to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence
Project Period: 9/01/05-8/31/09
Application/Grant Number: 1-U49-CE000520-01
Principal Investigator: Chiquita Rollins, PhD
Multnomah County, Department of County H
Domestic Violence Coordinators Office
421 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 700
Portland, OR 97204-1618


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant and prevalent problem in Multnomah County and has a substantial impact on the survivor’s quality of life, physical and mental health, and housing stability. IPV also affects health care, law enforcement and other criminal justice system services, and costs of services, which places a burden on the community.

This study will evaluate the effectiveness, including cost effectiveness, of an existing innovative housing intervention of Volunteers of America (VOA) compared to usual services. It will use a quasi-experimental design with an experimental group recruited from VOA and a comparison group from local domestic violence emergency shelters. Methods will include in-depth interviews with survivors at regular intervals (baseline, 6, 12 and 18-month follow-up); review of case files from VOA and emergency shelters; and analysis of the costs of additional services sought and provided, including law enforcement, child welfare, health care, housing, and financial assistance. The study population is underserved IPV survivors who have sought emergency assistance. This study evaluation can inform housing options and policies and program design to prevent re-victimization and to mitigate the negative impact of IPV.