Resources Library: Healthcare Professionals

Community Professionals’ Response to Intimate Partner Violence against Rural Older Women

Added Monday, March 28, 2016 by Action Alliance

The purpose of the study was to examine the awareness and experience of rural community professionals in Virginia dealing with intimate partner violence (IPV) in later life.  The reporting of IPV decreases as a survivor ages, but the problem does not go away.  Unfortunately, incidences of IPV in older adults are often lumped into the broader category of elder abuse.  This means that most community services are focused on alleviating abuse from adult children and caregivers. 

The current article found: (1) many rural community professionals likely to interact with older survivors were not aware of IPV issues when the survivor first presents; (2) social norms and cultural values played a large role in viewing IPV among older survivors; and (3) collaboration across agencies usually occurred because of legal mandates and healthcare emergencies for the older survivors.

Published: 2015 in the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect

Creating Trauma-Informed Services Tipsheet Series

Added Wednesday, July 06, 2016 by Action Alliance

These tipsheets provide practical advice on creating trauma-informed services at domestic violence programs and working with survivors who are experiencing trauma symptoms and/or mental health conditions.

Recommended for domestic violence advocates:

A Trauma-Informed Approach to Domestic Violence Advocacy
Tips for Creating a Welcoming Environment
Tips for Enhancing Emotional Safety
Tips for Supporting Children and Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence: What You Might See and What You Can Do
Practical Tips for Increasing Access to Services
Tips for Discussing a Mental Health Referral with DV Survivors
Tips for Supporting Survivors with Reduced Energy
Tips for Making Connections with Survivors Experiencing Psychiatric Disabilities
A Trauma-Informed Approach to Employment Support: Tools for Practice

Culture, Language, and Access: Key Considerations for Serving Deaf Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Added Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Action Alliance

This policy and practice brief summarizes the findings from work with the Deaf community and offers practical suggestions for increasing Deaf survivors’ access to victim services and other supports, including those offered by the criminal justice and medical systems. This information providse a framework for meeting the needs of Deaf survivors that is grounded in the cultural and linguistic needs of this community. It will also ground policymakers, practitioners, and first responders in the victim services field in the realities of this often-overlooked community.

Developmental Impact of Child Victim of and/or Witness to Interpersonal Violence

Added Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Virginia Department of Social Services

This handout was provided by Linda Swimm, a private practice therapist, at the workshop titled "Children's Services" at the Virginia Department of Social Services Office of Family Violence Promising Practices conference held on September 16, 2013. 

Dismantling Racism Resources

Added Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Action Alliance

Two wheels created by the Women of Color Caucus and Social Justice Task Force of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.  These wheels were created in the tradition of the Power and Control Wheel created by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs of Duluth, Minnesota.  The Perpetuating Racism Wheel demonstrates how agencies might use power and control to perpetuate racism.  The Dismangling Racism Wheel demonstrates how agencies can use principles of equaliaty to dismantle racism within their agencies.