Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) has been identified as a best practice for effective work with victims of domestic violence and their children, and is a special project focus area for CCADV.  As a statewide coalition, CCADV is uniquely situated to provide trainings and technical assistance to help ensure that trauma-informed interventions are at the core of working with victims and their children.

Trauma Informed Care Workgroup

The TIC Workgroup meets monthly and will be instrumental in translating TIC concepts into concrete applications. Trauma-informed practices fit well with core advocacy and have been shown to be useful through research. Over the next year the TIC Workgroup will be looking to assess and build on the current trauma-informed practices in Colorado.

CCADV partnered with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health to distribute a survey to program Directors on current trauma-informed advocacy practices. The data from the survey will be reviewed by the TIC Workgroup to help identify areas of practice strength and opportunity, and set the goals for our work.

The TIC Workgroup will also:

  • Read and share highlights from expert resources
  • Present webinars on TIC in advocacy work
  • Provide input on upcoming ‘Beyond Trauma’ learning circles
  • Develop expertise and support one another’s advocacy work!

Please contact Beth Collins with any questions at ecollins(at) or 303-962-3321.

History of TIC:

The evolution of TIC begins with the domestic violence movement in the 1970s which began discussions with victims of domestic and sexual assault about their experiences.

  • The first national TIC conference was held in the mid-90’s.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) began publishing protocols related to trauma and substance abuse treatment in 2000
  • In 2005, SAMHSA created the Center on Women, Violence and Trauma.
  • The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care was created in 2005 to assist programs in shifting to a more trauma-informed environment of service provision for trauma survivors.
  • The Family Violence and Prevention Services Act (FVPSA), administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, has included a strong emphasis on TIC in recent years.

“Trauma Informed Care is an evidence-based practice that teaches service providers and their organizations about the triggers and vulnerabilities of trauma survivors. Trauma Informed Care helps providers to provide care to trauma survivors more effectively, while avoiding re-traumatization.” Homelessness Resource Center