New Resource – Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Organizations

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) is pleased to release our revised Organizational Reflection Tool, formerly known as the ACDVTI Tool (Accessible, Culturally Relevant, Domestic Violence- and Trauma-Informed Agencies Tool). This resource has been redesigned specifically for programs serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. It offers a flexible but comprehensive approach to examining and reflecting on the various aspects of our work that are involved in the creation of accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) services and organizations. NCDVTMH developed this tool to support the integration of a trauma-informed framework that incorporates understandings of culture, domestic violence, sexual assault, human rights and social justice and that is grounded in the perspectives of survivors. The revised version also provides expanded guidance on accessibility and community collaboration. Join our webinar on April 30th or access the recordings in our accompanying webinar series to learn more about using the ACRTI Organizational Reflection Tool to support and guide your work!

Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Organizations — An Organizational Reflection Toolkit

Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Organizations — An Organizational Reflection Toolkit

Brief Overview: The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) has designed this Tool for organizations serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. Its purpose is to support organizations in their efforts to become more accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) in their approach and services. NCDVTMH’s framework for supporting the development of ACRTI services and organizations draws from a number of different perspectives – from the voices and experiences of survivors, advocates, and clinicians; from the insights of social and political movements; and from research and science, including a growing body of research on child development and neurobiology. We want to thank you for embarking on this journey of transformation and hope this Toolkit provides meaningful guidance and structure.

Initially developed as a way to bridge trauma-informed and advocacy perspectives, this approach is grounded in domestic and sexual violence advocacy; incorporates an understanding of trauma and its effects; creates accessible environments for healing; recognizes the centrality of culture; attends to the well-being of staff, organizations, and communities; and is committed to social justice and human rights. The core principles of ACRTI work – physical and emotional safety, hope and resilience, relationship and connection, and a survivor-defined approach – provide a foundation for creating services that are welcoming and inclusive, attuned to the range of people’s experiences, and relevant to the people and communities we serve.

The new and revised version of our 2012 Accessible, Culturally Responsive, Domestic Violence-, and Trauma-Informed Tool includes expanded sections on accessibility, cultural responsiveness and inclusion, and on collaboration with community partners such as health, mental health, substance abuse, peer support, child welfare, and other child- and family-serving systems and agencies. It also intentionally recognizes services for children, youth, and families as an integral part of trauma-informed domestic and sexual violence advocacy.

Download the Toolkit by clicking link below:

Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Organizations — An Organizational Reflection Toolkit

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