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Federal Agencies Join Forces on Groundbreaking Report on Women and Trauma

December 23, 2013

More than three dozen federal agencies joined forces for one of the largest collaborations in federal government history to create a new, groundbreaking report on Women and Trauma.

This second Working Document Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma entitled Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives  explores initiatives of various federal agencies in implementing gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches and the progress the participating agencies have made since 2010 following the publication of the committee’s first report. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) co-chaired the committee, which included representatives from such agencies as the Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor, Veterans Affairs, the Peace Corps and the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy. The report was also developed with support from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) Center for Trauma-informed Care.

The report quotes Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, sharing her perspective on the work and its importance to people with disabilities:  “I was shocked by the sobering statistics. Thirty-seven percent of women with disabilities have experienced violence and abuse in their lifetime compared with 20 percent of women without disabilities . . . Part of the reason why this is such a big problem is because we are not considered credible witnesses, so if we go to the police, if we tell our parents, if we tell people in authority that something has happened, we are often discounted because of our disabilities.”

Read the report – Women and Trauma: Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives