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Family Violence Prevention Strategy

Launch date: March 2013 End date: N/A

This initiative infuses violence prevention programming in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Adult WIC participants are screened to assess the risk of intimate partner violence and provided a referral to the New Orleans Family Justice Center (NOFJC) for appropriate further services. The screening initiative is now a standard practice at City-operated WIC sites.

In addition, the Health Department has added a component aimed at preventing child maltreatment. In collaboration with the Children’s Bureau of New Orleans and the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Health Department is piloting positive parenting training programs — Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and Play Nicely — that are designed to teach parents skills to help them build strong, healthy relationships with their children. These programs have been shown to decrease child maltreatment but have never before been tested in the WIC setting.

Why part of murder reduction strategy

Family violence and homicide are often closely connected and childhood exposure to family violence can lead to a variety of psychological and physical problems. 

Risk/protective factors addressed: Exposure to violence and conflict in the family; low emotional attachment to parents or caregivers; harsh, lax, or inconsistent disciplinary practices

Performance indicators and results

Number of WIC participants who participate in parenting trainings

Initiative partners

  • Partners: New Orleans Family Justice Center, Children’s Bureau of New Orleans, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Positive Parenting portion)

Catherine Taylor, Ph.D., MSW, MPH – Associate Professor of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

A key strategy to preventing child maltreatment, countering adverse childhood experiences, and promoting child health and development is to promote positive parenting (i.e., safe, stable, and nurturing parenting relationships). The Tulane Innovations in Positive Parenting study is implementing and testing brief, low resource-intensive, parenting education interventions as part of the NOLA FOR LIFE violence prevention initiative. NOLA FOR LIFE has been instrumental in forging and supporting the community partnerships necessary to carry out this project and, ultimately, to sustain any lasting results. Preliminary study findings are promising as parents exposed to these interventions reported having more confidence in their use of positive parenting skills, being less reliant on use of physical discipline, and seeing positive changes in their children’s behavior.

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