All people deserve good medical and psychological care; these services are particularly important in shelter, when people may be suffering from physical and psychological impacts of the abuse they have experienced in addition to other unrelated conditions. Shelters may also provide programming to address the trauma many families have experienced. Therefore, trauma-informed mental health treatment and resources are especially important. This section includes information about keeping shelters sanitary and healthy, developing medication policies, increasing emotional safety, and helping to meet the psychological needs of those who have experienced trauma.
The mission of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health is to develop and promote accessible, culturally relevant, and trauma-informed responses to domestic violence and other lifetime trauma so that survivors and their children can access the resources that are essential to their safety and well-being. NCDVTMH provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children.
The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence supports health care practitioners, administrators and systems, domestic violence experts, survivors, and policy makers at all levels as they improve health care’s response to domestic violence.