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A Process and Outcome Evaluation of a Transitional Living Program for Women with Histories of Substance Use Disorders and Sexual and/or Domestic Violence (SEEDS)


Research Team


Principal Investigator: Katie M. Edwards

Funding Information

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Justice—Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)

Subcontract from: University of New Hampshire

Award Date: Jul 1, 2019

End Date: Sep 30, 2021


This project is funded by a subcontract from the University of New Hampshire.

Research consistently documents the high co-occurrence of substance use disorders (SUDs) and domestic and/or sexual violence (DSV) among women. However, SUDs and DSV are rarely addressed together in treatment facilities and transitional living programs.

One exception is the Support, Education, Empowerment and Directions (SEEDs) program in Phoenix — a unique gender-responsive, trauma-informed recovery community. Women who participate in the SEEDs program have histories of victimization, substance abuse and, for many, a history of criminal offending and incarceration.

This study is designed to understand features of sober living homes that promote recovery among women with histories of addiction and trauma. Researchers will document the extent to which women who reside at SEEDs report positive outcomes over time — maintaining sobriety, promoting psychological adjustment, reducing rates of sexual and domestic violence revictimization, abstaining from criminal offending, preventing unemployment, and, when applicable, regaining or maintaining custody of children. 

Findings will provide implications for treatment planning, discharge recommendations and potential replication of recovery home models specific to women with histories of SUDs and DSV. 

Researchers aim to produce peer-reviewed publications; non-technical reports to be widely disseminated; a manual that details the history, creation, sustainability, outcome tracking instruments, and systems of operation of the SEEDs program; webinars; and archived data.

Psychosocial Development & Social-Emotional Learning

Current and former SEEDs participants develop job skills and enhance their work history while working at Cup O’Karma.
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