chapter  11
Ten Lessons Learned in Alaska: Home Visitation and Intimate Partner Violence
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Home visitation has become an increasingly popular, communitybased strategy to prevent child maltreatment and promote healthy child development and healthy family environments. There is growing interest in how the home visitation model can be adapted to help parents that are being victimized by an intimate partner and children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). Home visitation models vary significantly in

terms of goals, philosophical orientation, the type of service providers involved, eligibility requirements, how clients are enrolled, and the range and intensity of services offered. These models typically employ nurses and/or paraprofessionals as home visitors. Participation is voluntary and at-risk families are usually recruited around the time of pregnancy or delivery. Home visitors provide a wide array of services, including assessments, education, support, and linkage to community resources. Home visitation services are often provided for several years after the birth of the target child.