Trauma Informed Care Research Project

In 2013, the Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, US Department of Health and Human Services awarded a grant to the GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project to help improve trauma-informed work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender (LGBQT*) survivors of intimate partner violence.

At present, there are few, if any, documented LGBQT*-specific models of trauma-informed practice. The research project produced a literature review that sets the context for thinking about trauma-informed practice for LGBQT* communities and a set of practice observations. These documents are intended primarily for staff in domestic and sexual violence organizations; however, they are applicable to practitioners in other anti-abuse disciplines, homelessness services, mental health and healthcare circles, criminal legal systems, youth services, and an array of other human services disciplines and social change endeavors that seek to serve and ensure the inclusion of LGBQT* communities.


Trauma-Informed Approaches for LGBQT* Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

A Review of Literature and a Set of Practice Observations


Click here to download the comprehensive document with both literature review and practice observations.

Click here to download the set of practice observations.


The literature review is organized into five sections. Section One focuses on the prevalence and dynamics of IPV in LGBQT* communities. Section Two focuses on trauma, mental health, and resilience among LGBQT* individuals to contextualize the critical need for trauma-informed practices for these survivors. Section Three focuses on the range of systemic, institutional, and individual-level barriers that thwart LGBQT* peoples’ access to informal and formal support services. Finally, the last section reviews the core principles of a trauma-informed approach to practice, with attention to the needs of service providers who work with LGBQT* survivors, and provides examples of community-specific approaches to trauma.

The set of practice observations is intended to inform the development of a trauma-informed transformative justice approach specific to LGBQT* survivors of intimate partner violence.

The Advisory Board for this project was comprised of the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society, Queer Muslims of Boston, Fenway Community Health, the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition, the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, HarborCOV, and Massachusetts Asian & Pacific Islanders for Health.


For more information on supporting GLBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence, contact one of the organizations below:


The LGBTQ DV Capacity Building Learning Center c/o The Northwest Network

A program focused on improving research, practice and policy regarding domestic violence in LGBTQ communities.

1-206-568-777  | |



A transgender anti-violence organization, specializing in technical assistance for victim service agencies, with a focus on domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and hate crimes.

1-414-559-2123 |  |



For more information about accessible, culturally relevant trauma-informed approaches for survivors, contact:


The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

A program providing training, support, and consultation to advocates, clinicians, attorneys and policymakers as they work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children.

1-312-726-7020  | |