Resources for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

NCDVTMH provides resources, training, and consultation to support collaboration between the DV and mental health and substance abuse fields, as well as to support the mental health and substance abuse fields in adopting culturally attuned, DV- and trauma-informed approaches in their work with survivors and their children. Below are some of the resources we have developed over the years, in collaboration with the DV field.

Research Summaries

A Systematic Review of Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors

While there are numerous interventions designed to reduce trauma-related mental health symptoms, most were originally developed to address events that have occurred in the past. Many domestic violence survivors are still under threat of ongoing abuse or stalking, which not only directly impacts their physical and psychological safety but impacts treatment options as well. Little has been known about the extent to which existing evidence-based trauma treatment modalities are applicable to, or require modification for, IPV survivors.

In order to address these concerns, NCDVTMH, in collaboration with Cris Sullivan, PhD, and Echo Rivera, MA, at Michigan State University, conducted a formal literature review of evidence-based trauma treatments for survivors of domestic violence. The paper, A Systematic Review of Trauma-Focused Interventions for Domestic Violence Survivors (PDF), provides an analysis of nine trauma-based treatments specifically designed or modified for survivors of DV, along with caveats and recommendations for research and practice going forward.

Responding to Domestic Violence: Tools & Forms for Mental Health Providers

These materials provide tools and information for mental health providers on how to be responsive to domestic violence. They were adopted from DVMHPI-CDPH-MODV Pilot Project, previously approved by the Office on Violence Against Women for 2004 Disabilities Grant.

ACDVTI Agency Self-Assessment Tool

This tool is designed to guide agencies through a self-reflective process on what it might look like to be doing accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma informed (ACDVTI) work in seven different key areas, and to identify strategies for getting there. This tool was developed by the Accessing Safety and Recovery Initiative (ASRI), OVW Ending Violence Against and Abuse of Women with Disabilities Grant 2007-FW-AX-K004, which involved building collaboration among domestic violence programs, community mental health agencies, and state psychiatric hospitals.

Creating Accessible, Culturally Relevant, Domestic Violence- and Trauma-Informed Agencies: A Self-Reflection Tool (PDF)

Seminar: Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: Working with Survivors in Clinical Practice 

Carole Warshaw, MD & Terri Pease, PhD
Hosted by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health 

This 12-hour continuing education training program (12 CEs) is available for purchase via J&K Seminars. The objective of this seminar is for participants to better understand (1) the mental health impact of domestic violence, (2) critical issues for addressing the mental health and advocacy needs of domestic violence survivors, and (3) how to assess, treat, and engage community collaboration as part of clinical practice. For training outline, handouts, and purchasing information, please click the link below and follow instructions on the page.

Seminar: Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: Working with Survivors in Clinical Practice

Subpoena Response Tool

The Subpoena Response Tool provides guidance to mental health practitioners and agencies on how to respond to subpoenas and other demands to produce client mental health records in ways that will maximize client safety and autonomy.

Subpoena Response Tool: A Guide for Mental Health Services Providers on How to Respond to Subpoenas and Other Demands for Client Information or Records

More information about responding to subpoenas can be found here:

This information is not intended as legal advice but rather as educational only. If you need legal advice on responding to a subpoena, contact an attorney licensed in your state. 

More Tools for Substance Abuse Treatment Providers

NCDVTMH provides training, consultation, and resources to substance abuse treatment providers on accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to domestic violence. For more resources related to substance abuse, click here.

More Resources

The following websites provide additional resources related to screening and responding to DV and trauma in behavioral health and health settings:

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions – Resources on Trauma and Screening

Health Cares About IPV: Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling Toolkit



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