In 2008, NCDVTMH received funding from the Family Violence Prevention & Services Program (FVPSP), ACYF, HHS, to begin partnerships with the domestic violence coalitions in Delaware, Kansas, Alabama, Idaho, and New Hampshire, and with Transformation Detroit, an urban community domestic violence collaborative. Three of the coalitions—Alabama, Idaho, and New Hampshire—were the recipients of FVPSP-funded Open Doors to Safety grants designed to support their work in this area. These partnerships formed the first NCDVTMH Multi-Site Initiative, which operated from 2008 to 2011.
The goals of the partners were to support local domestic violence programs in building their capacity to provide fully accessible, culturally relevant, trauma-informed domestic violence advocacy services and to better serve survivors who were experiencing trauma-related mental health and substance abuse conditions and their children. Furthermore, the partners wanted to develop cross-disciplinary collaborations with behavioral health providers at the state and local level, in order to generate additional resources for survivors and their children, and they wanted to ensure that those resources were sensitive to both trauma and domestic violence.
This three-year effort included building organizational, community, and state-level capacity in each site as part of a multi-tiered process involving sharing knowledge; developing new skills and enhancing existing skills; and transforming organizational policies, procedures, and cultures.
This Multi-Site Initiative Report showcases the accomplishments of the sites, as well as challenges, lessons learned, and promising practices. The voices of domestic violence advocates at the local and state level, as well as advocacy-based clinicians and researchers, are threaded throughout the narratives. These accounts are intended to encourage and assist other states in developing their capacity to provide accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to domestic violence and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety and well-being.