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August 19, 2011 | Fact/Tip Sheet, Practice Guidance

Tips for Creating a Welcoming Environment


National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health

Publication Date:

August 2011

The environment we create communicates our beliefs about the people we serve. This environment and the way we offer services are critical aspects of our work to increase access to our programs for women who are experiencing psychiatric disabilities or the effects of trauma. Most of us understand what it feels like to be welcomed. It’s the feeling that comes when we have a sense that people want to have us around and that the environment is set up in a way that is comfortable for us.