“No Sacred Cows or Bulls”: The Story of the Domestic Violence Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative (DVPERC)
The Domestic Violence Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative (DVPERC) was formed in Massachusetts in 2011 as an effort to connect research and practice. Initially, we consisted of a few programs and researchers, but we quickly evolved into a regional collaboration spanning several states. From the outset, we have followed community-based participatory research values, including co-learning, power sharing, and relationship-building. Several aspects of DVPERC make it unique. Our collaboration is informal, ongoing, and comprised of an array of programs, practitioners, and researchers. Although we are abundant in number, we are regional in scope, which allows for regular, in-person meetings. In this article, we describe the history of DVPERC, the five elements of the DVPERC model, and the model’s inherent benefits and limitations. Throughout, we infuse our practitioner and researcher perspectives on DVPERC involvement. We hope our honest description of DVPERC assists others interested in launching their own CBPR practitioner-researcher partnerships.
KeywordsCommunity-based participatory research Domestic violence Intimate partner violence Practitioner-researcher partnerships
The authors would like to thank each and every one of the many practitioners and researchers who have participated in DVPERC over the years. Your invaluable contributions have shaped the ever-evolving nature of the group, its work, and the positive impact it has on domestic violence research and practice. In addition, we would like to thank the special issue guest editors and the anonymous reviewers for providing such helpful and insightful feedback throughout the review process.
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