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2013 Trans-HHS Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling: Research Symposium

Background

The purpose of the symposium is to identify gaps in research on screening and counseling for intimate partner violence (IPV) in primary health settings and to shape priorities for a public health research agenda moving forward. The symposium will be held on December 9, 2013 at the Neuroscience Center Building at 6001 Executive Boulevard Rockville, Maryland, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), Section 2713 articulates a commitment to preventive services for women. Because medical providers are in a unique position to assess and provide support for women who experience interpersonal violence, the Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force have recommended that clinicians screen and counsel for IPV. Under the ACA, women covered by private health insurance no longer have to pay a cost-share for IPV screening by their clinical provider.

Rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner effects more than 1 in 3 women in their lifetime, with direct effects on a woman's health. The effects are damaging, enduring, and impact the mind as well as the body. Victims do not just include the person who is abused; more than 15 million children witness family violence each year. Furthermore, interpersonal and domestic violence may lead to increased rates of chronic health conditions, including obesity, chronic pain, depression and substance abuse. Domestic violence is an issue touching individuals, families, and communities.

Preventing domestic violence is a stated priority of the Obama administration. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (CCWH), representing HHS agencies and offices throughout the Department, has identified this as a cross-federal priority focus. The Committee is hosting this symposium to facilitate the development of effective strategies to support health practitioners providing screening and counseling for IPV. The HHS Office on Women's Health, the Administration on Children and Families, and the National Institutes of Health are the lead agencies planning this symposium. The planning committee also includes representation from the Administration for Community Living; Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Health Resources and Services Administration; Indian Health Service; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH); Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; and OASH Office of Population Affairs.

Notice of the Coordinating Committee on Women's Health, HHS (PDF, 213.5 KB)

You are invited to download a groundbreaking report, Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives - the second and highly anticipated Working Document Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma. Completed on September 30, 2013, the report documents the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices-one of the largest interagency collaborations in federal government history. With agencies' commitment to implementing gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches, this report addresses the growing national interest in this issue, the work of the Federal Partners Committee, and the specific progress that participating agencies have made over the past three years (2010-2013), since the Committee's publication of its first report in 2011. This new report, developed with support from SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, clearly demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems and encourages other governmental and nongovernmental agencies to implement a cross-sector, interagency, inter-systems' realization, recognition, and response to trauma.

Women's Health Research IN FOCUS: Violence Against Women (PDF, 279 KB)

Symposium Archive

The Intimate Partner Violence Screening (IPV) and Counseling Research Symposium was held at NIH Neuroscience Building on Monday, December 9, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 6001 Executive Blvd., Rockville, MD.

The Department of Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women's Health initiated this symposium in early 2013. In addition to NIH, participating agencies includes: Administration on Aging, Administration on Children and Families (ACF), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, and the Office on Women's Health (OWH).

The ultimate goal of this meeting was to identify gaps in research in screening and counseling for IPV in primary health care settings and to shape priorities in the national research agenda moving forward. Ultimately, the Department's goal is to promote effective strategies for health care practitioners for screening and counseling.

The specific areas covered during the symposium were:

Despite the weather and the unscheduled leave for federal employees, the meeting was attended by 136 participants among them federal employees, researchers, practitioners, and advocates. In addition, 64 participants viewed the meeting via the NIH Video.

Symposium participants reviewed the current body of evidence on screening and counseling research for IPV across the lifespan and identified gaps in research for screening and counseling for IPV in primary health settings. In addition, the participants discussed effective IPV screening guidelines and appropriate counseling and intervention tools for health care practitioners.

The symposium was chaired by Dr. Nancy Lee (HHS/OWH), Dr. Marylouise Kelley (ACF), and Dr. Samia Noursi (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA). Dr. Lisa Begg from the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) played a significant role in leading the planning of this meeting.

Keynote speaker was Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, Professor, Anna D. Wolf Chair, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Campbell presented on "Now that we are doing routine screening violence - what should "brief counseling" look like? - A research agenda."

Dr. Janine Austin Clayton, Director, ORWH, and Associate Director, Women's Health Research, NIH, provided opening remarks. Ms. Lynn Rosenthal, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women provided welcoming remarks. Among the speakers were NIH grantees, council members, program officials and scientists.

The symposium videocast is archived for viewing at NIH Videocast

Final Meeting Report (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Meeting Agenda (PDF, 343.4 KB)

Federal resources associated with the symposium and intimate partner violence are available at the Women's Health Resources Portal: IPV, a joint portal from the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Research on Women's Health, NIH.

For additional information, please contact the NIH co-chair of this symposium, Dr. Samia Noursi, snoursi@nida.nih.gov

Symposium Presentations

Several of the presenters have made their presentations available. Please use the meeting agenda below to view available presentations.

Welcome and Charge to the Group

Opening

Keynote Address

Panel I. Identifying Intimate Partner Violence in Clinical Settings: Client, Provider, and Systems Level Considerations
Chair:

Panelists:

Q & A:

Concurrent Breakout Groups: IPV Screening and Assessment
I. Electronic Health Records: Meaningful Use Standards and System-Wide Responses
II. Provider Use of Screening Tools and Strategies
III. Culturally Competent Screening
IV. Trauma-Informed Screening Methods: Lessons from Behavioral Health Settings including Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Lunchtime Discussion: Survivor's Perspectives

Welcome Back Remarks

Panel II. Intervention in the Clinical Setting

Chair:

Panelists:

Q & A:

Concurrent Breakout Groups: IPV Counseling and Intervention

I. Barriers to Conducting and Applying IPV Screening and Counseling Research
II. Complicating Co-morbidities in Physical and Sexual IPV: Substance Use, Mental Health and Medical Issues
III. Screening for Abuse in Special Populations: Lessons from Elder Care, People with Disabilities and Emergency Settings
IV. Addressing IPV among Women in Veterans Health Administration: Toward a Comprehensive Response
V. Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting

Summary and Future Steps

Morning Concurrent Breakout Groups: IPV Screening and Assessment
I. Electronic Health Records: Meaningful Use Standards and System-wide Responses
Facilitators

II. Provider Use of Screening Tools and Strategies
Facilitators

III. Culturally Competent Screening
Facilitators

IV. Trauma-Informed Screening Methods: Lessons from Behavioral Health Settings Including Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Facilitators

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Groups: IPV Counseling and Intervention
I. Barriers to Conducting and Applying IPV Screening and Counseling Research
Facilitators

II. Complicating Co-morbidities in Physical and Sexual IPV: Substance Use, Mental Health and Medical Issues
Facilitators

III. Screening for Abuse in Special Populations: Lessons from Elder Care, People with Disabilities and Emergency Settings
Facilitators

IV. Addressing IPV among Women in Veterans Health Administration: Toward a Comprehensive Response Facilitators

V.Confidentiality and Mandatory Reporting
Facilitators

National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is serving as the agency host for the December 9, 2013 IPV Research Symposium.

Violence Against Women - Estimates of Funding for Various Research, Condition, and Disease Categories (RCDC)
You will note that NIH uses the term, Violence Against Women (VAW), for all of its reporting, especially for categorizing information about its research support. Below is listed the information on both FY 2011 and FY 2012, the most recent reporting periods that are available. We invite you to review these two links as there is information on the more than 105 research projects (FY 2012 report) including project abstracts, names of the primary investigator, and links for any published articles.

NIH calls for research projects examining violence
The National Institutes of Health is opening funding opportunities calling for research on violence with particular focus on firearm violence. Applications will be accepted through fiscal year 2016.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Women & Sex/Gender Differences Research Program

Office of Emergency Care Research, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

The Office of Emergency Care Research coordinates clinical research and research training for the emergency setting. After turning to family and the police, the resource most often used by abused women is the Emergency Department (ED), and so it plays a pivotal role in helping all those who are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV).

The National Institutes of Health have funded a large number of varied research projects that address IPV in the emergency department. For example, one study examined how adolescent drinking styles act as a mediator between childhood victimization and domestic violence. Other NIH funded work has demonstrated the need for a more rigorous classification of injuries caused by IPV to improve the quality of forensic evidence. Despite the fact that the majority of police-identified victims of IPV frequently use the ED, NIH funded studies have concluded that IPV is under-recognized in EDs, and that new system-level strategies are needed to make it easier for victims of IPV to disclose their history and access needed resources.

Current research includes an examination of computer based interventions for women with substance abuse and IPV in the ED and a trial examining the role of a brief intervention for problem drinking and partner violence.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health

The HHS Office on Women's Health provides online tools and resources to help women who are experiencing violence.

Project Connect
This program is designed to improve the health and safety of women and children. Project Connect is a national initiative to change how adolescent health, reproductive health, and Native health services respond to sexual and domestic violence.

End Violence Against Women on College/University campuses
The mission of the program is to develop and implement programs and policy to address violence against women (VAW) on college/university campuses across the United States.

One Department: Overview of HHS Activities on Violence Against Women (PDF, 667 KB)
This report is a compilation of the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) VAW programs and activities for the years 2010-2011. The members of the HHS Steering Committee on VAW gathered the information found in this report.

Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling: Research Symposium: Abbreviated Annotated Review (PDF, 1.73 MB)

Divison of Family Violence Prevention
Family Violence Prevention and Services Program
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is committed to:

To accomplish this work the FVPSA Program provides grants to states, territories, tribes, state domestic violence coalitions and national resource centers.

Family Violence Prevention and Services Grant Programs

Addressing the Health Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence

For over 16 years, FYSB's Family Violence Prevention and Services Program has funded the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) which serves as the nation's clearinghouse for information on the health care response to domestic violence and provides training and technical assistance to thousands of people each year. The HRC offers model strategies and tools to health professionals and domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) programs to address and prevent the chronic health issues and injuries associated with exposure to abuse.

Each year, the HRC trains over 4,600 providers and distributes hundreds of thousands of patient and provider education materials to over 22,000 professional nationwide as well as providing in depth individual technical assistance to over 1,500 people a year.

The HRC has safety cards that can be given to patients or placed in the clinic or other health care setting. In addition, see their website to access other training resources and e-learning CME modules on the overview of domestic violence, preparing your practice, primary care, and confidentiality. Training resources have also been developed on specific settings and specialties such as mental health, reproductive health, urgent care, pediatrics, adolescent health, STI/HIV, and home visitation. Finally, the HRC has tools for health professionals and domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA) such as:

To learn more about the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, please visit the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence or Family Violence Prevention & Services.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.

AHRQ funding is used to develop research, reports, practical tools, and other resources to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of health care. These resources are being used to make care safer and better for people in communities across the country.

AHRQ is committed to improving care safety and quality by developing successful partnerships and generating the knowledge and tools required for long-term improvement. The central goal of our research is measurable improvements in health care in America, gauged in terms of improved quality of life and patient outcomes, lives saved, and value gained for what we spend.

To achieve its mission, the Agency is committed to organizational excellence and the use of efficient and responsive business processes to maximize the Agency's resources and the effectiveness of its programs. Our overall focus is:

Examples of AHRQ-Sponsored Systematic Reviews

Examples from AHRQ Innovations Exchange

Examples of Manuscripts from AHRQ-Sponsored Databases

Recent Findings of AHRQ-Sponsored Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) monitors the incidence, prevalence, and costs of partner and sexual violence (e.g., National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey; NISVS) and conducts research on the factors that increase or decrease the likelihood of perpetrating partner or sexual violence, and on the effectiveness, adoption, and dissemination of partner and sexual violence prevention programs (e.g. current or recent randomized controlled trials include Green Dot, Second Step, Coaching Boys into Men, Dating Matters, Safe Dates, and Screening and referral for partner violence). CDC also helps strengthen capacity in communities to address partner and sexual violence by helping state and non-governmental partners plan, implement, and evaluate primary prevention programs. For example, through the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) program CDC funds state domestic violence coalitions to strengthen their capacity to prevent partner violence before it occurs and through the Rape Prevention and Education Program (RPE), CDC funds state health departments to work with Sexual Violence Coalitions to prevent sexual violence before it occurs and to build their capacity to evaluate their efforts.

Intimate Partner Violence

Sexual Violence

Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA's strategic goals are to: 1) improve access to quality health care and services; 2) strengthen the health workforce; 3) build healthy communities; and 4) improve health equity.

Office of Women's Health HRSA OWH collaborates with Bureaus and Offices to address violence prevention through the HRSA Women's Health Coordinating Committee Violence Prevention Workgroup. The workgroup's priorities for 2013 included coordinating activities and events during violence prevention-related health observances and disseminating available resources to HRSA employees, grantees and networks via webinars archived and available on the HRSA OWH website. In addition, the WHCC VPW updated the HRSA Workplace Violence Prevention policy and included an annual training requirement to enhance awareness and capacity in support of a safe and respectful work environment, free of violence, for all employees.

Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Bureau of Health Professions

Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Indian Health Service is pleased to announce the launch of its new forensic healthcare Web site. The forensic healthcare Web site provides information to service providers and patients about IHS' policies, programs, and initiatives to address child maltreatment, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. It also offers referrals to other resources that can help educate victims of violence and members of the general public about each of these topics, as well as information about training opportunities on these topics for IHS service providers.

Sexual Assault

'Frequently Asked Questions' on the IHS Website. This page provides information on eligibility for medical care through IHS, including SANE/SAFE examinations.

Elder Abuse

The Indian Health Service worked with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Victims of Crime (OVC) and the FBI on addressing IPV in Indian Country. These links take you to the collaborative work that is being done by DOJ in collaboration with IHS.

The Office for Victims of Crime is pleased to announce the availability of Professional Development Scholarships to those attending Indian Health Service's (IHS) Sexual Assault Examiner Classroom Trainings and Clinical Skills Trainings. The program provides up to $1,000 for individuals seeking continuing education opportunities. The scholarship program is administered by the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC). OVC TTAC provides comprehensive quality training and technical assistance resources to victim service providers and other professionals.

Scholarship awards are based on eligibility, are limited to available funds, and are processed in the order in which applications are received. Scholarships are nontransferable and can be used only for professional development related to an applicant's responsibilities for serving victims of crime. OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual Professional Development Scholarship application and all application materials at least 45 calendar days prior to the event or the request will be rejected - NO EXCEPTIONS.

For more information please visit the following website: Professional Development Scholarships

Tribal Forensic Healthcare
Indian Health Service's (IHS) Sexual Assault Examiner Classroom Trainings and Clinical Skills Trainings schedule

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care

Established by SAMHSA in April 2009, and initially chaired by SAMHSA and Co-chaired by the Department of Labor, this inter-agency federal workgroup is committed to (1) building awareness and stimulating cross-agency action regarding women, girls, and trauma and (2) coordinating and promoting the development of policies and services among Federal agencies which effectively support women and girls affected by exposure to trauma.

SAMHSA Technical assistance center dedicated to building awareness of trauma-informed care and promoting the implementation of trauma-informed practices in programs and services. NCTIC facilitates the adoption of trauma-informed environments in the delivery of a broad range of services including mental health, substance use, housing, vocational or employment support, domestic violence and victim assistance, and peer support.

The Committee is currently chaired by the Department of Labor and Co-Chaired by SAMHSA, and encompasses over 34 Federal Agencies and Operating Divisions, including the DHHS, DoL, DoJ, HUD, DoD, the State Department, Dept. of Education, the VA, and the Peace Corps. In June 2011, June 2011 - released working draft Report of the Federal Partners Committee, which includes:

This report report, Women and Trauma: A Working Document, is available for download.

An updated report of the Committee will be released in the next month, and will include agency updates and a report from the Second Federal Roundtable held in 2012. This report will also be available for download on the NIC web page.

SAMHSA Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIPS)

SAMHSA TIP 51, Substance Abuse Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women, assists treatment providers in offering treatment to adult women with substance use disorders. The guide reviews gender-specific research and best practices, such as common patterns of initiation of substance use among women and specific treatment issues and strategies.

You are invited to download a groundbreaking report, Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives - the second and highly anticipated Working Document Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma. Completed on September 30, 2013, the report documents the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices-one of the largest interagency collaborations in federal government history. With agencies' commitment to implementing gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches, this report addresses the growing national interest in this issue, the work of the Federal Partners Committee, and the specific progress that participating agencies have made over the past three years (2010-2013), since the Committee's publication of its first report in 2011. This new report, developed with support from SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, clearly demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems and encourages other governmental and nongovernmental agencies to implement a cross-sector, interagency, inter-systems' realization, recognition, and response to trauma.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Policy Brief: Screening for Domestic Violence in Health Care Settings
In light of recent policy changes in support of domestic violence screening in health care settings, this policy brief presents the state of practice and research on this preventive service. The brief discusses reasons for screening in health care settings, the current prevalence of screening and reasons this prevalence is relatively low, existing evidence about screening, and next steps for ensuring that screening becomes an effective preventive service.

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Adolescent Health

The US Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS') Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults.

First funded in 2010, OAH supports and evaluates evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund; coordinates HHS efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention; and communicates adolescent health information to health professionals and groups, those who serve youth, parents, grantees, and the general public. OAH is also the convener and catalyst for the development of a national adolescent health agenda. OAH's violence against women and girls prevention efforts include funding through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund to improve services for pregnant women who are victims of domestic violence; resources provided through the Pregnancy Assistance Fund Resource Center; and other, online resources.

Pregnancy Assistance Fund

On July 29, 2013, OAH announced the second cohort of the Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) grantees. OAH administers the PAF, funded through the Affordable Care Act, to award competitive grants to States and Tribes to provide support services to expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families.

The second cohort of PAF grantees includes 17 grantees for a 4-year period (8/1/2013 - 07/31/2017). The first PAF cohort included 17 grantees that were awarded in 2010 for a 3-year period. Several current grantees work directly to improve services for women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual assault, and stalking (Category 3).

Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) Resource and Training Center

OAH manages the PAF Resource and Training Center which provides tools and resources to PAF grantees and other organizations working with expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. The Resource and Training Center contains training, technical assistance, and skill-building information as well as guides, tips and resources, including information for those working in the area of teen dating violence and sexual assault, to build the capacity of organizations supporting expectant and parenting teens, women, fathers, and their families. This information can be viewed here.

OAH Online Resources

Talking with Teens

The Talking with Teens section of the OAH website provides parents (and foster parents, guardians, and other parenting and caring adults) tips for getting the conversation started with their adolescents on sensitive topics including healthy relationships and dating violence.

Healthy Relationships Resources

Adolescent Healthy Relationships Facts on the state level and the national level are available including:

Compilation of dating violence and sexual relationship information, tools, resources, and facts.

OAH activities in conjunction with February Teen Violence Prevention Month:

National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

You are invited to download a groundbreaking report, Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives - the second and highly anticipated Working Document Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma. Completed on September 30, 2013, the report documents the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices-one of the largest interagency collaborations in federal government history. With agencies' commitment to implementing gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches, this report addresses the growing national interest in this issue, the work of the Federal Partners Committee, and the specific progress that participating agencies have made over the past three years (2010-2013), since the Committee's publication of its first report in 2011. This new report, developed with support from SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, clearly demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems and encourages other governmental and nongovernmental agencies to implement a cross-sector, interagency, inter-systems' realization, recognition, and response to trauma.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) serves as the chair (with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA]'s Center for Mental Health Services as co-chair) of the Women and Trauma Federal Partners' Committee-an interagency committee composed of more than 30 agencies and more than 80 members. In September 2013, this Committee will publish its second report: Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, Working Document, 2nd Report. It documents more than 20 federal agencies' submissions with each agency highlighting the impact of trauma, how a trauma-informed approach can make a difference, major accomplishments from 2010-2013, new directions and collaborations, and additional resources related to each agency's projects and initiatives. The Committee's first report, Women and Trauma: A Working Documentis available.

The Women & Trauma Federal Partners' Committee plans a webinar series to be launched in the fall of 2013. The platform provided by one of the partner agencies will support more than 1,000 participants. The first webinar will provide an overview of the Committee's work from the two co-chairs (ODEP & SAMHSA) and will feature one of the successful outcomes of one of the partner agencies--the Peace Corps--which revised its training curriculum to provide a trauma-informed approach. Other webinars will focus on how to implement a trauma-informed workplace and the intersection of substance abuse, mental health, and trauma, among others.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs