Women Initiating New Goals for Safety
Funded by: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Project WINGS was the first clinical trial to develop and test a multimedia computerized intimate partner violence (IPV) screening, and referral service tool among drug-involved female offenders under community supervision. WINGS aimed to develop and test the effectiveness of a self-paced computerized screening designed to increase identification of IPV victims and improve linkages to IPV-related services. IPV is a serious public health problem that disproportionately affects drug-involved female offenders in the criminal justice system. This research underscored the need to develop and disseminate cost-effective services that may be deployed in community supervision.
Project WORTH addressed a critical gap in current HIV prevention efforts with drug-involved women under community supervision, who remain at very high risk for HIV. WORTH aimed to build skills and social support for HIV risk reduction by reducing drug use, intimate partner violence (IPV), and enhancing overall wellbeing by cultivating better coping skills, negotiation techniques, and access to social support. This project made a significant impact on improving services in criminal justice settings to address the co-occurring epidemics of HIV and intimate partner violence.
Funded by: National Institute of Mental Health