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Policy and Research

Committed to consistently evaluating the impact of our programs and disseminating lessons learned to the field, and fighting for sound policy and sufficient resources for victims of crime

Safe Horizon’s Policy & Research Team includes leading experts on:

  • Legislative, policy and budgetary advocacy
  • Program evaluation and design
  • Implementation of cutting-edge interventions in the field of victim services

As thought leaders in the field, we strive to utilize our voice, along with the voices of our partners and survivors, in influencing policy and budgetary priorities at the national, state and local levels.  We are committed to consistently evaluating the impact of our programs and disseminating lessons learned to the field.  We have a long history of partnering with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions in developing and piloting innovative solutions to support survivors and their family move from crisis to confidence.

Current Evaluation Projects

2016 – 2021

Evaluation of Safe Horizon’s Expansion of Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services within the Shelter Program
Funded by the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City’s Connections to Care Program

2016 – 2019

Evaluation of the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force
Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime

2015 – 2018

Supporting Young Men of Color as Survivors of Violence
Funded by the Office for Victims of Crime

2015 – 2017

Evaluating the Child Trauma Response Team
Funded by the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice

2015 – 2017

A Longitudinal Needs Assessment of Safe Horizon’s Emergency Shelter Residents
Private Funder

2015 – 2017

Global Anti-Trafficking Learning Collaborative
Funded by Phillip Morris International

Research Affiliates

Safe Horizon research affiliates consist of top researchers in the field of victim services from institutions across the country. These scholars are dedicated to utilizing research to improve services for victims of crime and abuse and collaborate with Safe Horizon in conducting research and evaluation projects, submitting research and evaluation grants, publishing articles, presenting at local and national conferences, and serving as thought partners with Safe Horizon staff.

  • Dr. Emily Bosk, Assistant Professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work
  • Dr. Lauren B. Cattaneo, Associate Professor of Psychology at George Mason University
  • Dr. Fran Danis, Retired Associate Professor at the University of Texas in Arlington School of Social Work and Danis Consulting: Research and Evaluation for Gender Justice
  • Dr. Lisa Goodman, Professor at Boston College Lynch School of Education, Department of Counseling and Developmental Psychology
  • Dr. Judy L. Postmus, Associate Professor at Rutgers University School of Social Work and Director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children

Preliminary Results of the Client Centered Practice Evaluation

Read the results of our longitudinal study to understand whether survivor-defined practice contributes to safety-related empowerment among intimate partner violence survivors.
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