In October, 2016, Durham County Department of Social Services (DSS), was awarded a two-year grant in partnership with Durham Crisis Response Center (DCRC), Exchange Family Center (EFC), the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH), and the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) to improve cross-system collaboration among community providers working with families exposed to Domestic Violence (DV). A key goal of the DIDVRS is to improve system collaboration among Durham community providers regarding their approaches, values, and assumptions when working across systems on behalf of abused parents and their children. The objectives for this project are expected to result in improved outcomes for abused parents and children/youth exposed to DV by:
- Improving the system and responses to abused parents and their children and youth exposed to DV;
- Coordinating and providing new or enhanced residential and non-residential services for children and youth exposed to DV; and
- Enhancing evidence and practice-informed services, strategies, advocacy and interventions for children/youth exposed to DV.
DIDVRS includes a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Community Treatment Center (CCFH) that will deliver staged training in three key elements of technical assistance to Durham first responders: (1) building awareness of DV, (2) developing skills to screen for DV and its impact on children and make appropriate referrals, and (3) improving system collaboration between agencies to improve services delivered to families. By participating in DIDVRS trainings, first responders will be empowered to use collaboratively developed DV screening tools and make appropriate referrals to a trauma-informed network of care, and will also improve their engagement with non-offending caregivers who have been abused. A rigorous evaluation will be conducted of all community-level, agency-level, and individual child and family outcomes to examine programmatic impacts. Lastly, DIDVRS will develop a sustainability plan for successful project activities and contribute to a national dissemination plan of lessons learned and implementation strategies.
For more information, contact Jovetta Whitfield: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.durhamcrisisresponse.org/support-is-all-around-you