Lisa A. Goodman, Cris M. Sullivan, Josie Serrata, Julia Perilla, Joshua M. Wilson, Jennifer E. Fauci, Craig D. DiGiovanni

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Spurred by research demonstrating the pervasiveness and impact of trauma, domestic violence programs are increasingly adopting a trauma-informed approach. In the absence of measurement tools, however, they are unable to determine whether indeed clients experience their practices as trauma-informed. The aim of this study was to create and validate a set of scales that measure the degree to which DV programs are using trauma informed practices (TIP) from survivors' perspectives. We generated measure items based on a literature review, interviews with experts, and focus groups with survivors and advocates; administered the draft measure in the context of a survey of 370 survivors from 15 DV programs; and evaluated its factor structure, reliability, and validity. Results supported the validity and reliability of the TIP Scales, which assess six domains: Environment of Agency and Mutual Respect, Access to Information on Trauma, Opportunities for Connection, Emphasis on Strengths, Cultural Responsiveness/Inclusivity, and Support for Parenting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-764
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology

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