Adopting a trauma-informed approach to domestic violence advocacy means ensuring that all survivors of domestic violence have access to advocacy services in an environment that is inclusive, welcoming, destigmatizing, and non-retraumatizing. Using a trauma-informed approach also means that we attend to survivors’ emotional as well as physical safety. Just as we help survivors to increase their access to economic resources, physical safety, and legal protections, we also assist survivors in strengthening their own psychological capacities to deal with the multiple complex issues that they face in accessing safety, recovering from the traumatic effects of domestic violence and other lifetime abuse, and rebuilding their lives.
This webinar series focuses on practical strategies and tools for creating accessible, culturally attuned, domestic violence- and trauma-informed services and organizations. This series builds on previous NCDVTMH webinars, which offered a framework for understanding trauma in the context of domestic violence and for responding to trauma in the lives of survivors and their children.
Webinars included in this series:
- Creating Accessible, Culturally Relevant, Domestic Violence- & Trauma-Informed Services and Organizations: Agency Self-Assessment Tool and Process, Part I
- Creating Accessible, Culturally Relevant, Domestic Violence- & Trauma-Informed Services and Organizations: Agency Self-Assessment Tool and Process, Part II
- Culture and Inclusion Within the Context of Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services and Organizations
- Sustaining Ourselves in the Work: Trauma-Informed Approaches, Self-awareness, and Self-care
- Concrete Strategies for Reflective, Strengths-based Supervision: Organizational Supports for Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services and Organizations
- Trauma-Informed Peer Support: Effective Strategies for Domestic Violence Services and Organizations
- Concrete Strategies for Reflective, Strengths-based Supervision: Part II
For descriptions of webinars in this series and to access recordings, please visit our Practical Strategies for Creating Trauma-Informed Services and Organizations webinar page.
For additional webinars and webinar series, please visit our Webinars page.
Creating Trauma-Informed Services Tipsheet Series
These tipsheets provide practical advice on creating trauma-informed services at domestic violence programs and working with survivors who are experiencing trauma symptoms and/or mental health conditions.
- A Trauma-Informed Approach to Domestic Violence Advocacy
- Tips for Creating a Welcoming Environment
- Tips for Enhancing Emotional Safety
- Tips for Supporting Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: What You Might See and What You Can Do
- Practical Tips for Increasing Access to Services
- Tips for Discussing a Mental Health Referral with DV Survivors
- Tips for Supporting Survivors with Reduced Energy
- Tips for Making Connections with Survivors Experiencing Psychiatric Disabilities
- A Trauma-Informed Approach to Employment Support: Tools for Practice
For additional publications and written tools and resources, please visit our Resources & Publications page.
Special Collection: Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services
Building on over 20 years of work, the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) has put into practice a framework that integrates a trauma-informed approach with a DV victim advocacy lens. This 3-part Special Collection, developed by NCDVTMH in collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), reflects this integrated perspective and brings together the resources on trauma and trauma-informed work that are most relevant to domestic violence programs and advocates, along with commentary from NCDVTMH to assist in putting this information into practice.
To learn more and to access the Special Collection, please visit our Trauma-Informed Special Collection page.