Domestic violence is a significant public health problem in the United States. Most responses to domestic violence have focused on addressing the problem after it has occurred — shelters, support groups, advocacy, employment counseling, legislative and legal changes, legal services, and batterer intervention programs, among others. Many of these efforts have proven to be successful in responding to the needs of survivors and supporting community efforts to hold offenders accountable. Time, resources and the unremitting demand for intervention have inhibited progress on the development and implementation of programs that would prevent domestic violence before it occurs. The plan outlined in this document would initiate, enhance and expand statewide and regional primary prevention initiatives.
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