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There are many positive reasons for healthy marriage and relationship (HMR) projects and domestic violence programs to work together cooperatively. The directive from federal and state funders for healthy marriage grantees to consult with domestic violence experts is often what initially prompts HMR practitioners to involve domestic violence advocates in program design and implementation. While forced collaborations are sometimes necessary, they are less effective, meaningful and long-lasting than those borne of a self-identified and shared commitment to address common interests, such as ensuring that programs being offered are safe and appropriate for all participants.

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