Who We Are
The Domestic Violence Action Research Collective (DVARC), is a multidisciplinary group of DC-based researchers and practitioners committed to building an empirical evidence base, generated through collaborative inquiry and shared capacity building, to strengthen services available to survivors of domestic violence in the District of Columbia.
We aim to design and conduct community-based research and evaluation studies that will enhance individual and community safety, build survivors’ power, and support policy and practice action efforts that improve services to survivors of violence.
Our mission is generate and implement high-impact, survivor- and community-centered research and evaluation projects that build survivors’ power, increase survivor-responsive care within systems, and enhance individual and community safety. We seek to increase access to empirical knowledge by serving as a resource hub to DC-based practitioners, survivors, and policy makers. DVARC includes lawyers, social scientists, and policy advocates from universities across the city, and the DCCADV, which lifts up the voices of DV advocates and survivors in Washington, DC.