Increasing Staff Skills

A common element in many of the RHY and DV/SA collaborative partners were efforts to ensure that service providers working directly with runaway and homeless youth are well educated about relationship violence and about their agency’s approach to addressing it.  These efforts typically involved cross-training to increase staff competencies to address issues of relationship violence and youth homelessness, improve referral outcomes, and identify and address policy and practice issues affecting services to this population. 

For DV/SA staff, training approaches included providing information to advocates about runaway and homeless youth, the dynamics and complexities of relationship violence among street youth, intervention and prevention strategies, and other related information.  For RHY programs, staff may not be familiar with dynamics of relationship abuse among the youth they work with, appropriate assessment strategies, safety planning strategies that might be effective, and community resources.

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