Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners

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NYC Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP)

The Children’s Aid Society’s Family Wellness Program convened CoWAP in 2008 along with our partners from CONNECT with the goal of finding effective ways to intervene with people who abuse in intimate relationships.

CoWAP is comprised of New York City organizations committed to ending domestic violence and abuse. Current participating organizations include: The Center for the Study of Family Abuse, The Children’s Aid Society’s Family Wellness Program, The Domestic Violence Project at the Urban Justice Center, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Kaerensa Craft, LCSW, Peter Glick, Esq., Men Can Stop Rape, NYC Anti-Violence Project, NYC Children’s Services, NYC Human Resource Administration, The PAC Program, Seafield Center and Bridge Back to Life, and Voices of Women Organizing Project.

Members of the Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners (CoWAP) recognize that no one response to abusive behavior can be effective in our goal of eliminating domestic violence. While accountability through the criminal justice system is critical, there is a need for a range of additional strategies for intervening with abusive partners. Our goals are to find effective ways to address the complex factors contributing to abusive behavior, and to encourage and support behavior change while simultaneously holding abusive partners accountable. We believe it is in the interest of victims of domestic violence, and their children, to commit energy and resources to doing so.

For questions on the Coalition or upcoming meetings, please email

CoWAP meetings take place the second Wednesday of every month from 3-5 p.m. Please email confirm meetings and to get the location.

The 2011 CoWAP Conference One Size Does Not Fit All: Advancing the Dialogue on Working with Abusive Partners is scheduled for June 2, 2011. Click here for conference information.