require that evaluations be conducted as a condition of funding and should provide funding at appropriate levels or the technical support to ensure that evaluation is possible. In addition, funds should be allocated specifically for the evaluation of existing programs.
A limited evidence base and the emotional responses that family violence inspires combined to make the committee’s task in responding to its charge complex and difficult. Guided by the judgment that health professional training on family violence is necessary, the committee drew on the existing science to discern important starting points for research and development on training content and teaching methods. These represent opportunities for educators, researchers, and policy makers to address and help reduce, if not resolve, problems related to the responses of health professionals to family violence and to develop the responsive health care system that family violence victims need. With sufficient human and financial investment and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, the committee is confident that significant progress can be made in meeting the training needs of health professionals and the health care needs of family violence victims.