Many human service and advocacy-based organizations are committed to providing trauma-informed practices (TIP) to people using their services, and domestic violence (DV) programs are no exception. Some DV programs have a long history of using a trauma-informed lens in their work, while others are newer to the concept.
Regardless of where on the continuum of TIP such organizations lie, until now none has had a tool for examining, from the survivor’s perspective, the extent to which they are truly engaging in the type of practice to which they aspire.
The TIP was created to be used easily by community programs so that they can:
- Identify their areas of strength and weakness.
- Improve their practices.
- Demonstrate to funders and other key stakeholders that they are incorporating trauma-informed principles into their work.
NCDVTMH’s research work includes developing trauma-informed outcome measures, reviewing currently available trauma-specific treatment modalities that are relevant to survivors, and much more. More information can be found here: http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/research-and-policy/research/
The Domestic Violence Evidence Project, an initiative of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), is designed to respond to the growing emphasis on identifying and integrating “evidence-based practice.” Tools and resources can be found here: http://www.dvevidenceproject.org/