How Mental Health and Addiction Staff Can Provide Woman Abuse/Sexual Assault/Trauma-Informed Services

  1. Ask women if they have been abused. Screen routinely and universally.
  2. Recognize the signs of woman abuse/sexual assault/abuse-related trauma.
  3. Build rapport with a client so she feels comfortable disclosing about the abuse. Understand re-traumatization.
  4. Prioritize safety planning and stabilization with clients.
  5. Educate women about the connection between abuse and trauma, look mental health and/or substance use.
  6. Provide integrated/intersectoral programs that are woman-centred, woman-only, strength-based.
  7. Model healthy ways in which to use power.
  8. Act as a professional support for women as they struggle to work through difficult circumstances related to the abuse.
  9. Act as a link or bridge to other community services and supports such as shelters or other counselling agencies.