Training on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Disaster

Publication Date: June 15, 2015

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is pleased to announce the release of the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Disaster Curricula Visit disclaimer page  (ZIP file, 3.3 MB), an interactive training tool developed by the Family and Youth Services Bureau grantee, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, in collaboration with The New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence Visit disclaimer page and the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women Visit disclaimer page .

One training curriculum was developed for disaster response and preparedness personnel on domestic violence in disaster response situations and linkages to appropriate services. A separate curriculum has been developed to train domestic violence program staff on the nexus of disaster and domestic violence in order to enhance their services for survivors of domestic violence impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

These comprehensive trainings focus on protocols and referral procedures, accessing domestic violence services, recognizing the warning signs of domestic violence, safety planning, and maintaining ongoing health and wellness initiatives during the crisis response and recovery phase. 

What the Curricula Provide:

1.   Awareness: Through interactive activities, participants gain a deeper understanding about emergency preparedness and management in the event of a natural disaster. Participants learn more about the role, duties, and responsibilities of various responders in different stages of disaster response.

2.   Intersectional approach: Using knowledge about domestic violence to inform disaster responder practices and approaches (i.e., being able to identify multi-layered or multi-faceted trauma based on intimate partner violence compounded by disaster needs).

3.   Skill-building:  Disaster preparedness planning, staff debriefing, and best practices in the field of emergency management and domestic violence.

Who is the Audience for the Curricula?

The curricula serve as tools for interested organizations to ensure trauma-informed best practice for disaster management in the context of domestic violence. It is geared toward professional staff working in the fields of domestic violence and/or disaster response, including case managers and first responders who frequently work with victims of domestic violence.   

Who Should Facilitate the Curricula?

State and local agencies should select individuals who are skilled trainers and facilitators. These individuals should have extensive background in facilitating conversations about trauma and domestic violence. Certification is not required to provide this training; however, to ensure the integrity of this material, selected trainers should attend the Train the Trainer session provided by the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

The curricula are located on The National Domestic Violence Hotline Visit disclaimer page website. The curricula title above is also a link. It is listed as Disaster Response Curriculum under the heading "Download Materials Visit disclaimer page ."

To learn more about the two curricula, contact the New York and New Jersey state domestic violence coalitions.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline aids victims of domestic violence 24 hours a day. Hotline advocates assist victims and anyone calling on their behalf by providing crisis intervention, safety planning, and referrals to local service providers. The hotline receives more than 24,000 calls a month. Call them at 800-799-SAFE (7233)

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