FVPSA Grantees Featured in Federal Interagency Report on Women and Trauma-Informed Approaches

Cover page of September 2013 report, Women and TraumaThe Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA), of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, is pleased to announce the release of the report, Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives. This report was produced by the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, and features FVPSA’s ongoing commitment to serving those impacted by domestic violence with trauma-informed, survivor-centered practices.

Domestic violence has been associated with a wide range of mental health consequences, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other behaviors related to trauma. Given these linkages, FVPSA considers the impact of trauma in every aspect of its work, with each individual the program serves. Every day across the country, in states, Tribes and territories, domestic violence programs funded by FVPSA provide support, services, and trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Each year, FVPSA programs serve more than 1.3 million women, men and children. 

In addition to this network of local service providers, FVPSA’s resource center, the National Center for Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH), leads specialized training and technical assistance to expand the capacity of advocates to attend to the mental health needs of survivors. Featured prominently in the Committee report, the NCDVTMH works to cultivate a deeper understanding of the mental health and advocacy needs of survivors of domestic violence and their children, and the impact of trauma on individual healing. NCDVTMH facilitates collaboration among domestic violence advocates, mental health and substance abuse professionals, disability rights organizations, and a variety of community-based service providers.

Within the FVPSA section of the Committee report, strong examples of these collaborations include:

  • The Domestic Violence Coalition Needs Assessment, a partnership with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, to identify local programs that can benefit from additional training on trauma-informed services, and
  • A series of neighborhood dialogues on the unique experiences of trauma linked to intimate partner violence in the African American community. Over the past year, the Institute for Domestic Violence in the African American Community, another FVPSA resource center, worked with the NCDVTMH to host several community-based forums to address the unmet trauma and mental health needs of domestic violence survivors and their families in the Detroit area.

As a leading voice for the psychosocial and emotional wellness of domestic violence survivors, the NCDVTMH is engaged in numerous and diverse initiatives; the aforementioned projects represent only a fraction of their work.

The domestic violence field has been at the forefront of promoting trauma-informed approaches, and the FVPSA program is proud to highlight the work of its grantees alongside other interagency efforts in the report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma.