The Community Advocacy Project (CAP)

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About This Program

Target Population: Designed for and tested with survivors of domestic abuse who have utilized shelters. Can be expanded to non-shelter users.

Brief Description

The Community Advocacy Project involves providing home-based and community-based advocacy services for survivors of intimate partner abuse. Highly trained paraprofessionals, receiving intensive supervision, work with survivors of domestic abuse (and their children), helping them obtain the community resources and social support they desire. This is an empowerment-based, strengths-focused intervention designed to increase women's quality of life and decrease their risk of re-abuse.

Program Goals:

The goals of The Community Advocacy Project (CAP) are:

  • Increase children's self-competence
  • Decrease women's depression
  • Increase women's quality of life
  • Increase women's access to resources
  • Increase women's social support
  • Increase women's and children's safety

Contact Information

Cris M. Sullivan, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Michigan State University
Phone: (517) 353-8867
Nicole Allen, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Phone: (217) 333-6739

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2007