August 1, 2013: Letter to Esta Soler, President, Futures without Violence

Recently we reviewed your Fact Sheet found at We compared the information found in your Fact Sheet against 10 objective criteria. Unfortunately, we found your Fact Sheet met only 3 of the 10 criteria.

Summary Sheet

Name of president: Esta Soler


Organization: Futures Without Violence
Dept. of Justice funding (2011): $3.5 million*
Date of review: July 24, 2013
Fact Sheet Grade: F
Totals 3 7
1. Does the Fact Sheet list at least three of the causes and risk factors for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) identified by the US Centers for Disease Control, such as substance abuse, marital instability, and psychological factors? X
2. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that men and women engage in IPV at approximately equal rates? X [A]bout three-fourths of the persons who commit family violence are male.
3. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that about half of all IPV is mutual? X
4. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that female initiation of IPV is the leading cause of a woman becoming injured by her partner? X
5. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that about two-thirds of persons injured by IPV are female? X
6. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that rates of IPV have fallen substantially in recent decades? X The United States has made progress in the last few decades in addressing this violence, resulting in welcome declines–
7. Does the Fact Sheet include any mention of the problem of false allegations, and how false allegations divert resources from victims? X
8. Does the Fact Sheet indicate that crime surveys (e.g., NCVS) and criminal justice statistics (e.g., arrests) are not valid indicators of overall levels of IPV? X
9. Does the Fact Sheet avoid use of imprecise terminology such as “battering”? X
10. Are the majority (> 50%)  of cited references recent, i.e., published since 2005? X
* Source: Federal Audit Clearinghouse: