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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Elder Abuse: Applying trauma-informed care to in-home services

Added Monday, March 16, 2020 by Action Alliance

This issue brief overviews elder abuse, neglect and exploitation and examines how to apply a trauma-informed framework that is sensitive to older adults’ unique social, physical and cultural needs. For the purpose of this brief, “older adults” refers to adults 60 years or older and “inhome services” refers to any program that sends volunteers or professionals to the homes of older adults. An electronic version of this brief and accompanying resources are available at:

Trauma-Informed Birth Support for Survivors of Abuse Webinar

Added Tuesday, June 28, 2016 by Action Alliance

This VAWnet webinar provides information on the impact of trauma in pregnancy and childbirth, and outlines how a partnership between advocates and birth workers in the community may be of benefit to pregnant survivors of domestic or sexual violence.  Together, victim advocacy and doula skills can set in motion a new beginning for healthier relationships between survivors of abuse and their newborns.

Trauma-Informed Birth Support: Survivor + Doula + Advocate

Added Monday, July 20, 2015 by Action Alliance

This pamphlet reviews the connections between pregnancy, childbirth, and trauma, and offers information, resources, and tips for advocates and birth doulas to support trauma-informed birth experiences for survivors of domestic violence.  Published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Tribal Implementation of VAWA

Added Monday, October 02, 2017 by Action Alliance

This page from the National Congress of American Indians helps to briefly review the application of VAWA as it relates to Tribal communities. Their intent is to push for more inclusion of tribe rights and power to enforce legal and community action towards those who are not included in the VAWA understanding of sexual violence. Current law only allows for tribes to act to address domestic violence towards women only, and limits the ability to prosecute offenders who are not tribal members.

Click here for more.

Trust Survivors: Building an Effective and Inclusive Cash Assistance Program

Added Wednesday, March 03, 2021 by Action Alliance

FreeFrom, a national organization, based in Los Angeles, with a mission to dismantle the nexus between intimate partner violence and financial insecurity, has created their groundbreaking report that compiles data and stories from 1,000 surviors about how to make cash assistance work for them.

The Biden-Harris Administration has pledged $5 billion to be used as direct cash assistance for survivors. At FreeFrom, they are thrilled about this promise as it is known from experience that survivors’ #1 need is cash to spend as they see fit.

To help the Biden-Harris Administration design a survivor-centered program, FreeFrom asked an incredibly diverse sample of survivors what they need and overwhelmingly, they expressed that they need a program steeped in flexibility and trust.

Some key takeaways from the data: 

  • 71% of survivors were not seeking support from a domestic violence or sexual assault organization when they applied for a Safety Fund grant;
  • 53% of survivors report that they do not have any “proof” that they are a survivor (e.g., police report or restraining / protective order); 
  • 68% of survivors can’t or don’t feel safe getting a police report;
  • 69% of survivors can’t or don’t feel safe getting a restraining / protective order;
  • 84% of survivors would not be able to access cash assistance if they had to meet certain added eligibility requirements beyond their experience of harm.

Download the report by clicking on the file below.