There are unique opportunities and challenges to consider as victim advocates provide services to survivors and their families during the holiday season. (From the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence)
The resources included in this toolbox created by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence highlight trauma-informed strategies to support programs in promoting healing, wellness and safety during the holiday season, while taking into consideration the diverse needs of survivors and the advocates that serve them.
The tools are offered to inspire and support community-based programs in their efforts to develop innovative, trauma-informed, culturally inclusive practices that are responsive to the unique needs of both survivors and advocates.
Beyond Resolutions, Envisioning Your Future
As we naturally reflect on the year that has passed, questions may arise about how to set and achieve life goals and envision the short- and long-term future. This TA Guidance explores the New Year’s holiday as an opportunity for domestic violence programs to engage in positive visioning with advocates and survivors.
Promoting Wellness and Managing Stress
This TA Guidance is intended to help domestic violence programs create the organizational support needed to better respond to the wellness needs of shelter staff during the holiday season.
Cultural Sensitivity During the Holiday Season
The holiday season can present both opportunities and challenges for survivors and advocates in shelter. This TA Guidance discusses some issues to consider as programs work with survivors and their families during this time of year. Included are practical, cost-effective interventions, which may be easily adopted at any shelter program.
With the approaching holiday season, questions may arise about how to appropriately respond to the food-related needs of survivors in shelter and how to manage excess food donations. This brief document offers guidance from the NRCDV Programs & Prevention Team.
Considerations for Survivors from Specific Populations
Victims and survivors may experience additional stress and unique challenges over the holiday season and may turn to advocates for needed support. This TA Guidance offers some considerations for working with survivors and their families during this time.
Understanding the Research
This TA Guidance document provides an analysis of the available data on the volume of requests for domestic violence services during the holidays.