Policy Brief Discussion 3: Fragile Families

What examples are there of models, programs or strategies that already are breaking down these silos

The Academy on Violence and Abuse (www.avahealth.org) is an interdisciplinary, non-profit professional organization that brings together experts in the health impacts of violence and abuse from across disciplines and settings. This collaborative, research-focused group was created to address the concerns highlighted in a 2002 report released by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) regarding the health impact of violence and abuse, and which challenged health care professionals to take an active role in reducing this impact.


Our membership includes a variety of health care professionals, representing various facets of the health care field. Our goal is to continue expanding health education and research to integrate knowledge about violence and abuse into the training of all health professionals to promote safe families, safe workplaces and safe communities.