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Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services

Announcing a new resource developed by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH), in partnership with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV), supporting trauma-informed approaches to domestic violence service provision!

Using a trauma-informed approach has come to mean that everyone working in a service setting understands the impact of trauma in a similar way and shares certain values and goals, and that all the services and supports that are offered are designed to prevent retraumatization and to promote healing and recovery.

Combining a trauma-informed approach with a domestic violence victim advocacy perspective provides a more integrated framework for working with survivors. This framework can serve as a powerful tool for bridging perspectives and building collaboration between fields.

Trauma-Informed Domestic Violence Services (April 2013) is a new 3-part VAWnet Special Collection Series reflecting an integrated perspective that:

  • incorporates an understanding of the pervasiveness and impact of trauma,
  • supports healing and resiliency, and
  • addresses the root causes of abuse and violence.


Understanding the Framework and Approach provides an overview of the framework and research supporting trauma-informed approaches to working with survivors and their children.




Building Program Capacity provides practical tools and resources on building capacity to implement trauma-informed programs.





Developing Collaborations and Increasing Access provides resources for building collaboration to ensure that survivors and their children have access to culture-, domestic violence- and trauma-informed mental health and substance abuse services.



This Special Collection was developed by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) in partnership with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV). Contact NCDVTMH for specialized technical assistance and training on this and related topics.


  1. Ann Suabedissen
    November 6th, 2014 at 19:34 | #1

    Could you please send me more detailed information on this trauma informed therapy? I would need to know the cost, where trainings are held, how many training levels are needed, number of supervision hours, and certification costs.
    Thank you

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