COMPETENCY 4

Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice 
Alicia Mauldin 
USE PRACTICE EXPERIENCE AND THEORY TO
INFORM SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND RESEARCH

• Research the return rate of Domestic Violence victims returning to
Domestic Violence shelters 
• The cycle of violence is a good indicator of why domestic violence shelters
see repeat clients 
• The Cycle of Violence depicts a pattern often experienced in abusive
relationships. The three phases repeat over and over. Domestic violence is
a pattern of abuse in an intimate relationship that escalates over time
• The cycle of violence is intergenerational. It not only repeats itself in an
abusive relationship, it also repeats itself by emerging later in the
relationships of people who experienced and witnessed violence in the
home as they grew up.
http://www.dvsolutions.org/info/cycle.aspx 
THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE 
RESEARCH RETURN RATE OF
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONTINUED...
• Domestic violence creates vulnerability to homelessness for women and children
with limited economic resources. Among mothers with children experiencing
homelessness, more than 80% had previously experienced domestic violence

• https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-statistics/homelessness-a
nd-domestic-violence#.WKys8W8rLX5
 
APPLY CRITICAL THINKING TO ENGAGE IN ANALYSIS OF
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
AND RESEARCH FINDINGS 
• Research the difference in results of 30 day shelters compared to 90 day shelters ( SFVC is a 30 day
shelter ) 
• The median stay in shelter is about 28 days, with about one-quarter of people in families staying
less than a week, 53 percent staying one month or less, 37 percent staying one to six months, and
10 percent staying more than six months. 
• The 30 day shelters are seen as better fits for families due to the unstable environment that a
shelter can bring 
• For women that have not reached their housing goals at the end of the 30 days, their best option
is to be sent to transitional housing.  
• Rapid Re-Housing can be a solution to housing issues, such as the program that SFVC is working on  
• Research identifies the lack of affordable housing as the primary driver of homelessness among
families   
• http://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/54201/2000265-Rapid-Re-housing-What-the-Res
earch-Says.pdf
  
30 DAY VS. 90 DAY
CONTINUED...
• There are other sides to the 30 day vs 90 day debate, such as a 30-day maximum stay
policy does not provide enough time for many women and children to deal with the
trauma of their abuse and move on to a safe living environment. Service providers,
advocates and survivors of abuse underscore the need to extend the time some
residents can stay at the shelter. In some cases, allowing women to stay from 30 to 90
day would be necessary to prevent victims from returning to an abusive situation.

• There seems to be a common ground that 30-90 days is the best estimate of time for
domestic violence shelters but there seems to be a difficulty in deciding which stay is
better being for some 30 days is not enough and for others 90 days allows them to get
comfortable and keeps them from reaching their goal of housing as soon as possible. 

• http://www.fftc.org/Document.Doc?id=510
USE AND TRANSLATE RESEARCH EVIDENCE TO
INFORM AND IMPROVE PRACTICE, POLICY, AND
SERVICE DELIVERY 
• Develop a support group at the shelter using art therapy, that is supported by
the research of the benefits of Art Therapy for Domestic Violence victims.
• For a victim of domestic violence, often the impact the abuse is too difficult to
verbalize through words alone and impacted by strong feelings of shame, humiliation,
guilt, and fear around speaking about the abuse, therefore art therapy gives them an
outlet for how they are feeling. 
• Art therapy is the deliberate use of art-making to address psychological and
emotional needs through art media and the creative process to help in areas such
as, but not limited to: fostering self-expression, creating coping skills, managing
stress, and strengthening sense of self

https://speakartloud.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/using-art-therapy-with-survivors-of-d
omestic-violence/
 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE- IN NC 
• There were 108 domestic violence-related homicides in 2013 in North Carolina. Around
two people died per week from domestic violence in 2013
•  In North Carolina in 2013, more than 75 percent of the perpetrators of domestic
violence-related homicides were male. This is consistent with national data that show
males are often the perpetrators of serious cases of domestic violence.
•  1,678 victims were served in a single day in North Carolina in 2014 - 860 domestic
violence victims (432 children and 428 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or
transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.iii 
•  In a 24-hour survey period in 2014 in North Carolina, local and state hotlines answered
637 calls, averaging more than 26 hotline calls every hour 
• https://www.ncadv.org/files/North%20Carolina.pdf
• http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2014/10/28/by-the-numbers-in-north-carolina-d
omestic-violence/