Power Through Partnerships

A CBPR Toolkit For Domestic Violence Researchers

This toolkit is for researchers across disciplines and social locations who are working in academic, policy, community, or practice-based settings. In particular, the toolkit provides support to emerging researchers as they consider whether and how to take a CBPR approach and what it might mean in the context of their professional roles and settings. Domestic violence advocates will also find useful information on the CBPR approach and how it can help answer important questions about your work.

Suggested Citation: Goodman, L.A., Thomas, K.A., Serrata, J.V., Lippy, C., Nnawulezi, N., Ghanbarpour, S., Macy, R., Sullivan, C. & Bair-Merritt, M.A. (2017). Power through partnerships: A CBPR toolkit for domestic violence researchers. National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, PA. Retrieved from cbprtoolkit.org

Section One:

Overview of CBPR and its importance to the domestic violence field

Foundational information about the definition and history of CBPR, and more importantly, CBPR within domestic violence work.

Section Two:

Preparation and

How to engage in the self-reflection necessary for conducting CBPR in the domestic violence arena while learning about the community with which you’d like to collaborate.

Section Three:

CBPR values and practices in the domestic violence context

A description of the core values of CBPR and a set of concrete questions and ideas to help you translate these values into action.


Ready to initiate CBPR in your community? Use These Extra Tools To Guide Action.

Download these tools with the full toolkit or each individually to save valuable time and resources.

Download Consent to Participate in Research Form Consent to Participate in Research Form

What's the purpose of your study? What will happen during your study? Will my information be kept private? Download this and let others know.

Download Co-created CBPR Project Principles and Agreements Co-created CBPR Project Principles and Agreements

Build your efforts on our solid foundation of CBPR principles based on 30 years of our collective lived experiences. Download and get started.

Download Examples of CBPR Partnerships Examples of
CBPR Partnerships

Two case studies that demonstrate successful collaboration within the CBPR field. Download and read for additional inspiration.

Download Sample Scholarly Article Summary Sample Scholarly
Article Summary

A short summary of a study, potentially useful for practitioners who do not have time to read an article in a journal. Download and see how.


Who Are We?

We are a group of CBPR researchers who bring decades of experience doing CBPR from the perspective of different disciplines, professional settings, communities, roles, and identities. Some of us are based in universities and others are based in national organizations. All of us have worked directly in and/or with programs that serve survivors.


A Special Thanks...

We are grateful for the enormous contribution from doctoral students at Boston College and Simmons School of Social Work, our video editor, and of course WT Grant Foundation - who provided the initial investment in this project. We also thank the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, who decided that this toolkit should be more than a local endeavor and supported our efforts to expand it.

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence (RCGV)
National Latin@ Network
Simmons School of Social Work
The LBGTQ Institute on IPV
Boston Medical Center (BMC)
National Resource Center On Domestic Violence