Launched in 2013, NCDVTMH’s Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy (TILA) Project offers a framework and practical skills for doing trauma-informed legal advocacy with survivors of domestic violence involved in legal or other systems. See below for a description of our new resource!
Supporting Survivors in Contested Custody Cases: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Building on Parenting Strengths When Mental Health is a Factor
As legal advocates and lawyers, you may work with survivors whose abusers use their mental health history to discredit them as parents in custody cases. Working with survivors to build on their parenting strengths can reduce the chances that tactics that rely on mental health stigma will be successful. This document offers three practice scenarios in which a legal advocate or lawyer can use trauma-informed strategies to build on a survivor’s parenting strengths while a custody case is pending. In each scenario, we will examine (1) which factors the court might consider important to deciding custody, (2) how knowledge of trauma, mental health, and domestic violence can help us understand what might be happening from the survivor’s perspective, and (3) how to use trauma-informed strategies to help the survivor build on their strengths in areas that are relevant to the court’s decision.
Click here for more information about the TILA Project.