National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse

Register now for our May webinar:

Mental Health and Intimate Partner Violence
Thursday, May 21st
12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

This webinar focuses on the intersection of mental health and intimate partner violence, exploring frameworks for understanding and responding to trauma and mental health in the context of domestic violence as well as implications for counseling, safety planning and treatment.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Utilize a framework for considering trauma and mental health in the context of domestic violence
  • Identify accessible, inclusive and trauma-informed approaches (ACDVTI) to respond to survivors with mental health considerations
  • Consider mental health implications for counseling, safety planning and treatment in a domestic violence context


Presented by:  


Cathy Cave
Senior Training Consultant, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

With close to 30 years working in human services, Cathy has over 25 years invested with the movement to shift mental health, substance abuse, and other systems’ services to become trauma-informed. In the mid 1990s, Cathy coordinated New York State’s Annual Mastering The Key Connections Conferences, presenting state-of-the-art clinical training for trauma treatment and collaborative models for engaging survivors in both personal healing and systems’ change. At this same time, she partnered to start The Building Connections Project, a statewide collaboration between the Mental Health Association in New York State and the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, to engage providers and survivors in collaborations at the county level to promote trauma-informed approaches. Cathy also served 7 years in the executive staff position as the Director for Cultural Competence at the New York State Office of Mental Health, addressing disparities elimination and integration of cultural considerations into services and supports. In all of Cathy’s work – supervision and management, teaching, mental health services, housing, and therapeutic foster care – understanding trauma and creating trauma-informed supports are always central. 

Carole Warshaw, MD
Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Dr. Warshaw is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of DV, trauma, and mental health and has been at the forefront of developing collaborative models and building system capacity to address the mental health and advocacy concerns of survivors of DV and other trauma. She has written and spoken extensively on these topics and has served as an advisor to numerous health, mental health and advocacy organizations and federal agencies. Dr. Warshaw also has a long history of advocacy work. In 1993, she co-founded of the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project, a collaborative program of Connections for Abused Women and Their Children (formerly the Chicago Abused Women Coalition) and the Cook County Bureau of Health Services that provides training for health care providers on domestic violence and on-site intervention and advocacy for battered women. In 1999, she founded the Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative, a Chicago-based initiative designed to build collaboration between the DV advocacy and public mental health provider communities to better serve the unmet mental health and advocacy needs of DV survivors and their children. In 2005 she launched the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) which is now the US DHHS ACYF, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program Special Issue Resource Center on these issues. NCDVTMH works closely with the other members of the FVPSA-funded Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) to improve research, practice, policy and public awareness around building culturally relevant, evidence-informed and evidence-based approaches to lifetime trauma and domestic violence. Dr. Warshaw also chaired the committee that wrote the AMA Guidelines on Domestic Violence, co-authored the Futures Without Violence manual, “Improving the Healthcare Response to Domestic Violence” and the AMA’s “Guidelines on the Mental Health Effects of Family Violence” along with numerous other chapters and articles. She served on the National Research Council Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions, the Family Violence and Abuse and Childhood Trauma committees of the American Psychiatric Association and the AMA National Advisory Council on Family Violence. She is currently a member of the SAMSHA Advisory Committee on Women’s Services and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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