Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, VT

The Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (The Network) will establish the Healing Together Project to develop specialized, trauma-informed, developmentally and age-appropriate, culturally relevant, and linguistically accessible services for non-abusing parents, children, and youth who are exposed to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence (FV/DV) in Vermont’s rural Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.

Activities will strengthen and increase integration for child and family-focused FV/DV services that support parents and children together. The Network will 1) work with DV agencies, programs for incarcerated women and their children, and clinical mental health and substance use treatment partners to improve systems to support abused parents and their children and youth; 2) provide direct services for those who experience the intersection of FV/DV and addiction or/and incarceration through individual and group advocacy to support their resilience and healing; b) providing transitional and long-term advocacy, parenting support, and education for incarcerated and re-entering mothers; c) supporting healing through the A Window Between Worlds curriculum and connections with local healing and expressive arts practitioners; d) facilitating referrals to counseling services for program participants with mental health and substance use disorders (SUD); and e) establishing a BRANCH pilot to provide trauma-informed, family-centered clinical mental health counseling and support for children under age six and parents/ caregivers; and 3) enhance evidence-informed and practice-informed responses for children and youth exposed to FV/DV by a) conducting strategic planning with children’s mental health, SUD recovery and treatment partners, and FV/DV advocates; b) training providers in best-practice approaches for addressing mental health care for children and youth, supportive parenting interventions, and healing arts programming; c) creating and disseminating “lessons learned” guides; and d) evaluating Healing Together to identify successes.

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