Families Thrive classroom

Our Story

This is a story of a journey that began in 2005 with a group of people who were concerned about the impact of domestic violence on children and youth.

They began to listen to the community and to youth who had grown up with domestic violence.

Carlos’ Story

They came together again in 2007 to develop a vision for the future.


They knew then that the issue of childhood exposure to domestic violence was interconnected with many other issues.

Safety Net

They knew they would need to engage the whole community to make a significant difference.

SO, in 2009, they put out an invitation to to come together and to build upon our strengths to create a responsive system.


From these meetings key themes developed to guide the collaborative work:

1. Knowledge and Learning
We challenge and transform how we think about our work.

2. Organizational Practices
We leverage our learning and embed effective practices and policies into our work. 

3. Partnerships and Collaboration
We transcend boundaries and create collaborative strategies focusing on prevention and early intervention.

4. Increasing Awareness
We make this issue vital and relevant to the community.

5. Data and Evaluation
We use data to influence and tell the story of community change.

Groups began to prototype their learning and in 2011 put their ideas into action.


Through ongoing reflection the group began to experience some aha’s in their learning. Immersed in learning, the steering committee recognized the need for a shared framework and developed guiding principles to help guide the work of Families Thrive and partner organizations.


Now in 2013, with over 3,000 people trained online or in person, we continue to ask…

“What are the questions and concerns that need more attention?

What do we need more information about?”  

Through expanded outreach and communications; ongoing convening; strengthened collaboration and partnerships; and online and in-person training and technical assistance; we hope to continue to learn about childhood exposure to domestic violence and how together we can create a more responsive system.