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This area includes resources to support the work of local, state, and national domestic violence programs regarding nonprofit management, personnel supervision and staff development, coalition-building, and practice standards and policies. Materials also explore the history, theories, and philosophies driving the work of the movement to end domestic violence.

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November 2015
This one-of-a-kind resource helps practitioners track their organization’s progress over time by capturing point-in-time snapshots of their organizations overall commitment and capacity to serve survivors with disabilities, and allows them to measure their efforts against field standards.
Authors: Center on Victimization and Safety
November 2011
This document is part of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, & Mental Health’s Creating Trauma-Informed Services Tipsheet Series and discusses practical steps that advocates can take to consider survivors’ mental well-being while they are participating in programming.
Authors: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
Updated October 2015
The Resource Guide was developed for relationship and marriage educators and program administrators to help them understand and respond to domestic violence issues that may arise within their programs.
Authors: Anne Menard
June 2013
PCADV developed this toolkit to help domestic violence programs navigate a crisis situation – a homicide, suicide, natural death, accident or fire – that could disrupt services, distress staff and shelter residents, and attract unwanted media and public interest.
Authors: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV)
May 2015
This document is an analysis of data from a study of 309 Canadian women separated from an abusive partner to examine their use of services. Services studied included general health services, mental health services, social services, violence-specific services, and legal services.
Authors: Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, Colleen Varcoe, Marianne Noh, Judith Wuest, Joanne Hammerton, Eman Alhalal, and Camille Burnett
January 2015
This document collects lessons learned by DV and SA programs in Missouri that have faced unexpected challenges. The lessons learned can serve as guidance for advocates across the country in planning for disasters and other emergency situations.
Authors: Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV)
Fall 2014
This document provides guidance to domestic violence advocates on addressing the current gap in services for teens needing emergency shelter to escape dating abuse.
Authors: Alicia Aiken
Service providers can make small changes that can improve their response to the needs of survivors at risk for or diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. This resource helps domestic violence service providers integrate HIV discussions, screening and support into their programs.
Authors: National Network to End Domestic Violence
Updated November 2013
This charter represents the collaborative agreement among partners of the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project. The charter includes agreements on mission and values, roles and responsibilities, decision-making, conflict resolution, communications, and confidentiality.
Authors: Domestic Violence & Mental Health Collaboration Project
November 2013
This paper reviews the concept of “Holistic Healing” for addressing trauma, offers guidance for building partnerships with providers, addresses community referrals and collaboration, and includes stories from programs who have successfully incorporated a holistic healing approach to services for survivors.
Authors: Terri Poore, Toby Shulruff, and Kris Bein