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AHRQ Seeks Study Proposals to Conduct Research on Domestic Violence Against Women

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Media Advisory: February 22, 2000

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today announced that it is seeking proposals to conduct research on the outcomes, effectiveness, and cost effectiveness of programs for early identification and treatment of domestic violence against women. The goals of this Request for Applications (RFA) are to develop new knowledge in the prevention of domestic violence, to improve the identification of female patients at risk, and to evaluate outcomes and effectiveness of health care interventions designed to treat domestic violence victims. The RFA is part of the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Fiscal Year 2000 initiative on violence against women.

AHRQ expects to award up to $1.0 million in fiscal year 2000 to support the first-year total costs of approximately one to three projects under this RFA. Letters of intent are due by March 24, 2000, and applications are due by April 27, 2000.

The Agency encourages partnerships between health plans, service providers, researchers, and community-based programs. Projects funded under this RFA may address any health care issues relating to domestic violence, including adoption and implementation of protocols and practice guidelines, routine screening for domestic violence, the ability to provide treatment and safety planning, and follow-up of victims.

To access the RFA, "Violence Against Women: Evaluating Health Care Interventions," online, select The RFA and application forms also are available from AHRQ's Publications Clearinghouse at P.O. Box 8547, Silver Spring, MD 20907; phone: 800-358-9295.

For more information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs, (301) 427-1364: Salina V. Prasad, (301) 427-1864 (

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