Since accepting its first call in 1994, the NRCDV has responded to well over 51,000 requests for technical assistance (TA) on a broad range of topics. We both sponsor training directly, often through our key initiative and special projects, and NRCDV staff and consultants serve as a key training resource for coalitions, federal agencies and others needing presenters with particular expertise for conferences and meetings.
Our work in this area addresses such issues as responding to children exposed to domestic violence, working more effectively with diverse communities, improving services and supports for survivors, strategies to help document the work of domestic violence advocates and allies, effective use of media in domestic violence intervention and prevention, increasing safe access to public benefits for domestic violence survivors, screening and assessment for domestic violence in different settings, and using the internet and other technologies to support domestic violence intervention and prevention work.
The definition of technical assistance, also commonly referred to as “TA,” is described as the provision of information, resources, referrals, and/or materials on domestic violence prevention, intervention, education and awareness, or any other interrelated topic in response to requests from advocates, victims, researchers, educators, students, or from any broad range of constituents.
This NRCDV Technical Assistance Request and Response Path Infographic depicts how requests for TA move through the NRCDV teams, are responded to and ultimately generate a more comprehensive provision of assistance, resources, training and support to the broader domestic violence victim advocacy field. The breadth and diversity of TA and training requests we receive help inform the NRCDV’s focus, priorities, activities and research endeavors.
As requested, NRCDV staff, consultants and national partners organize and facilitate individualized training, both in-person and web-based, to meet the needs of state domestic violence coalitions, their member domestic violence programs and other allied organizations seeking to end domestic violence. Training is provided on an array of topics including, but not limited, to advocating for victims in contact with an abusive partner or ex-partner, conflict resolution within domestic violence shelter programs, reducing rules in shelter, enhanced services to children and youth exposed to domestic violence, social media engagement, economic empowerment strategies, and effective program management, effective policy advocacy approaches, among others.