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Trauma-Informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives - Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, A Working Document/Second Report

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Date Published
September 2013
75 pages

The Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma (FPCWT), which was established in 2009 under the President's Executive Order 13263 (2002), presents its second report on the work being done by major Federal agencies in addressing the trauma of women victims of violence.


The Federal agencies reporting on this effort are the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), the Peace Corps, and the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The DOD work with military personnel who suffer from trauma is done through the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, DOD's Family Advocacy Program, and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office. The ED provides trauma related training and services through its Office for Civil Rights and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Eight agencies of the DHHS address the following issues related to trauma suffered by female violence victims: healthcare research and quality, health resources and services, the work of the National Institutes of Health, the Office on Women's Health, and agencies that address links between mental health and substance abuse. HUD serves the needs of abused women living in government-subsidized housing through its Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs. DOJ provides research, services, funding, and training for traumatized female victims through four agencies: the National Institute of Corrections, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office on Violence Against Women. The other agencies report on ways in which they address the psychological effects of victimized women in their service domains.