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August 19, 2011 | Fact/Tip Sheet

Creating Trauma-Informed Services Tipsheet Series: Tips for Discussing a Mental Health Referral with Domestic Violence Survivors


The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Publication Date:

August 2011

Many survivors of domestic violence (DV) first come to DV programs in a state of emotional distress. Tears, sleeplessness, jumpy feelings, racing thoughts, exhaustion, and anxiety are quite common. For some survivors, these responses begin to fade away as they experience calm, consistency, and support in the context of a walk-in or shelter DV program. For other survivors, additional resources or supports, including mental health services, may be helpful.