Integrating Trauma-and Violence-Informed Principles in Assessing and Responding to Family Violence

February 21, 2024

Recognizing and responding safely to family violence is a critical component in fostering positive provider-person interactions. Past practice of routinely screening for family violence no longer aligns with emerging evidence. Current evidence suggests using a trauma-and violence-informed approach by providing indicator-based assessment.
Professionals should be alert to signs and symptoms of family violence and apply phased inquiry about them when it is safe to do so. Research shows there are essential steps to take before asking about family violence. If confirmed, practitioners should: 

  • respond safely 
  • assess risk 
  • discuss safety strategies  
  • make appropriate referrals  

This webinar will allow participants to understand the importance of using a trauma-and violence-informed care when assessing and responding to family violence.