About Us

Domestic and sexual violence and other lifetime trauma can have significant mental health and substance use-related consequences, impacting a survivor’s ability to access safety, heal from trauma, and pursue their life goals.

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH) enhances agency- and system-level responses to survivors and their families through comprehensive training and technical assistance, research and evaluation, policy development, and public awareness. Emphasizing an accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) approach, we offer training and consultation to domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, programs, and coalitions; healthcare, mental health, and substance use treatment providers; legal and child welfare professionals; and local, state, and federal policymakers.

NCDVTMH’s work is guided by the experiences of domestic and sexual violence survivors and their families and by an intersectional analysis of how systems impact the lives of survivors. NCDVTMH’s work addresses the realities faced by marginalized communities and is aligned with the broader anti-violence movement. NCDVTMH works in close partnership with allied organizations committed to gender, racial, economic, and social justice.

NCDVTMH serves as one of four national Special Issue Resource Centers funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Family Violence Prevention and Services Program and is a member of the Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN). NCDVTMH is funded through a combination of unrestricted private funds and federal grants.

 


Staff


Carole Warshaw, MD
Director

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Associate Director

Karla Alegria, MSc
Project Manager

Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW
Director of Training and Technical Assistance on Children, Families, and Domestic Violence

Heather Phillips, MA
Research Director

Tamar Westphal, BA
Communications Manager

 


Core Consultants


Cathy Cave, BS
Senior Training Consultant

Orapan Kaewken, RN
Research Assistant

Eleanor Lyon, PhD
Senior Research Advisor

Sally Schaeffer, MPA
Policy Consultant

 

To learn more about the Center, see Mission, History, and Our Work. To request training or technical assistance, or to access free webinars online, see Training and Technical Assistance.

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