Attorney General Eric Holder opens the National Summit...

In June, over 300 professionals around the country working on issues related to the intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment convened in Jackson Hole, WY to share their strategies for transforming the way child welfare agencies, domestic violence organizations, courts, other service providers, and communities respond to families in need. Attorney General Eric Holder kicked off the National Summit with remarks demonstrating his commitment to families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment on a personal and professional level. Listen to his Remarks (link to: )

From Inspiration to Innovation...

Almost a decade ago, experts converged for a landmark meeting at Jackson Hole, WY, to address the critical need for collaboration to improve services to families experiencing both domestic violence and child abuse. That national summit touched off a revolution that has changed the way communities across the nation address the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse.

The revolution continued this summer when the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Family Violence Prevention Fund held the “next” national summit on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child abuse on June 2-4, 2009, also at Jackson Hole.

National experts discussed the latest research and developments on the topic of co-occurrence and give participants tools to improve cross-system collaboration in the delivery of services to victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

Summit Sponsors

AvonThe Avon Foundation for Women Since it was founded in 1955, the Avon Foundation for Women has been committed to the mission of improving the lives of women and their families, and it is the largest corporate affiliated foundation for women in the world. Now past the half century milestone, the Avon Foundation brings its mission to life today through two key areas of focus: breast cancer and domestic violence. From an initial $400 scholarship, Avon philanthropy has expanded globally and by the end of 2008 exceeded $660 million raised and awarded worldwide.

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence was launched in 2004 because one in three women is a victim of domestic abuse and violence. The Avon Foundation funds efforts to build awareness, to educate and to develop and implement prevention and direct service programs. It has a special focus on programs that assist children who witness or experience violence in their homes, to break the cycle of violence for future generations. Through 2008 more than $11 million was awarded to almost 400 domestic violence organizations in the U.S. alone.

Doris DukeThe Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties.

Established in 1996, the foundation supports four national grantmaking programs. It also supports three properties that were owned by Doris Duke in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island. The foundation is headquartered in New York and is governed by a board of 11 Trustees.

The DDCF's activities are guided by the will of Doris Duke, who endowed the foundation with financial assets that totaled approximately $1.4 billion as of December 31, 2008. The foundation regularly evaluates and modifies its allocation of resources from the endowment to support the programs and properties and to respond to fluctuations in portfolio returns.

Macy'sMacy’s Macy's has a strong history of supporting family violence prevention and awareness programs in many of the cities in which it serves. As part of its continued dedication to the cause, Macy's is proud to be the founding national partner of the RESPECT! Campaign. The RESPECT! Campaign is the Family Violence Prevention Fund's (FVPF) latest initiative to advance a national movement to promote healthy relationships through positive role modeling and respect education. In support of the RESPECT! Campaign, Macy's is the exclusive retailer of the RESPECT! Bracelet. The bracelet is currently being sold in select Macy's stores nationwide and on Half of the proceeds from the sale of each ($5) bracelet benefits the RESPECT! Campaign.

This fall on October 17, Macy's will again host its annual Shop For A Cause event to support local charities nationwide, including the Family Violence Prevention Fund. Over the past three years, Shop For A Cause has raised more than $28 million for regional and local charities across the country. To learn more and find out how you can participate, please contact Lauren Anania at

Federal Partners

United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
Created in 1995, OVW administers financial and technical assistance to communities across the country that are developing programs, policies, and practices aimed at ending domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Currently, OVW administers one formula grant program and 17 discretionary grant programs, all of which were established under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation. Since its inception, OVW has awarded nearly $3 billion in grants and cooperative agreements, and has launched a multifaceted approach to implementing VAWA. By forging state, local, and tribal partnerships among police, prosecutors, victim advocates, health care providers, faith leaders, and others, OVW grant programs help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives, while simultaneously enabling communities to hold offenders accountable for their violence.

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following:

  • families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity;
  • strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;
  • partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, states, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries;
  • services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access;
  • and a strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, andmigrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2008-TA-AX-K014 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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