These materials will provide training, support, and consultations to advocates, social workers, mental health counselors, substance abuse providers, marriage and family therapists, and other mental health professionals as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children.

Quick Facts

Evidence-Based Research

Online Resources, Webinars, Training Modules

Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA’s six key principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions address trauma’s consequences and facilitate healing.

Safety and Ethical Considerations for Mental Health Providers Responding to Domestic Violence – Produced by the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, provides an introductory overview of critical safety and ethical concerns for mental health providers responding to domestic violence.

Understanding Domestic Violence: Beyond Physical Abuse – Explores dynamics of domestic violence, including types of abuse, controlling behaviors, power orientation in couples, and importance of screening.

Intervening in Domestic Violence for Mental Health Professionals – Webinar discussing reasons victims of domestic violence may not leave abusive relationships, intervention techniques that can be used with victims and perpetrators, the differences between abuse intervention and anger management, suicidality, and firearms

Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: Working with Survivors in Clinical Practice – Online program available for purchase; possible CEUs available

Domestic Violence Basics for Mental Health Service Providers – Free online course outlining how domestic violence and mental health concerns intersect.

Screening for Domestic Violence by Mental Health Professionals – Webinar hosted by Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; discusses how to identify if your client is a victim or a perpetrator of domestic violence, screening and response procedures, and connecting patients with appropriate resources.

Domestic Violence Safety Planning for Mental Health Professionals – Provides an overview of safety planning with clients.

Understanding Domestic Violence: Beyond Physical Abuse – Explores dynamics of domestic violence, including types of abuse, controlling behaviors, power orientation in couples, and importance of screening.

Prepping Your Practice for Screening

Responding to Domestic Violence: Tools for Mental Health Providers – Includes information about destigmatizing mental health problems, intake questions and assessment, safety planning, and follow-up questions for positive IPV screening.

Assessing Partner Abuse in Couples Therapy – Learn how to spot the subtle signs of partner abuse in couple’s therapy, and how to take effective action.

Abusive Behavior Inventory – Checklist of some abusive behaviors used to uncover whether a pattern of abusive or controlling behaviors exists. Used to compare two clients’ responses to questions during couples therapy.

General Resources

S. Preventive Services Task Force – Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Intimate Partner Violence – The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes recommendations about the effectiveness of specific clinical preventive services without related signs or symptoms. This resource reviews clinical considerations (such as patient population), research needs and gaps, and more.

Compendium of State and U.S. Territory Statutes and Policies on Domestic Violence and Health Care – Produced by Futures Without Violence

The Ohio Domestic Violence Protocol for Health Care Providers: Standards of Care (See Documentation, Screening, Interview & Flowchart)

Voices of Survivors DVD – Addresses the dynamics of domestic violence and the need for providers to routinely assess patients for abuse. Offers step-by-step instructions on how to assess, intervene, address patient safety, and provide referrals.

Business Case for Domestic Violence Programs in Health Care Settings –Allows health care providers and administrators to make the business case for instituting a healthcare-based domestic violence program and the resulting cost-savings.