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

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.

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

Download Creating Trauma-Informed Services and Organizations: An Integrated Approach by clicking the link below:

Creating Trauma-Informed Services and Organizations: An Integrated Approach

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