FYSB Introduces Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Trauma Services Grant

Mom and son cuddling outdoorsThe Family and Youth Services Bureau is pleased to spotlight grants awarded in FY13 through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women. The grant program, Culturally Specific Domestic Violence Trauma Services,  focuses on providing culturally specific, trauma-informed domestic violence services for families impacted by domestic violence from diverse and historically marginalized communities. This grant program works to build the capacity of culturally specific, community based organizations to contribute to the evidence base of domestic violence and trauma-informed services. Grantees will expand existing programs to incorporate trauma-specific services for adults and children impacted by domestic violence.  Intensive consultation and technical assistance will be provided by FVPSA-funded culturally specific special interest resource centers.

The grantees (and the communities they represent) are:

  • Boat People SOS, Inc. (Falls Church, VA) –Vietnamese refugees and immigrants
  • Domestic Violence Action Center (Honolulu, HI) –Native Hawaiians
  • Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project (Cambridge, MA) – Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
  • South Bay Community Services (Chula Vista, CA) – Latina families involved in the child welfare system
  • Southcentral Foundation (Anchorage, AK) – Alaskan Natives
  • Texas Muslim Women's Foundation, Inc. (Plano, TX) – Muslim families
  • University of Louisville Research Foundation, Inc. (Louisville, KY) – Latina immigrant and refugees

Each of these grantees will:

  • Offer enhanced culturally specific, trauma-informed, and evidenced-informed programming to reduce traumatic stress reactions for victims of domestic violence and their children who are from diverse and historically marginalized communities. 
  • Implement interventions, policies, practices, and collaborative models to improve services for individuals, children, and families who have experienced trauma and are exhibiting trauma symptoms while accessing domestic violence programs, tribal programs, and culturally specific community based programs.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of trauma-informed and evidence-informed interventions for victims of domestic violence and their children who are from diverse and historically marginalized communities thus contributing to the evidence base for culturally relevant services.
  • Disseminate research findings, protocols, and effective approaches to experts and service providers to raise the awareness of domestic violence programs, state domestic violence coalitions, Tribes, tribal organizations, government agencies, and community-based organizations regarding the provision of culturally specific trauma-informed services for victims of domestic violence and their children from diverse, historically marginalized, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. 
  • Offer training and technical assistance to staff, community partners, domestic violence programs, and other community-based organizations with regards to culturally relevant, trauma-informed screening/assessment and programming.

The Family Violence Prevention and Service Program is pleased to be able to support these grantees  to build the capacity of the communities they serve to better assist survivors of domestic violence in a manner that is responsive to culture and trauma-informed. Their work resonates with the mission of the Family and Youth Services Bureau to support vulnerable individuals and families impacted by trauma, and we are glad to enable these organizations to broaden their reach, serving more people and transforming additional lives.