Domestic Violence & Mental Health Collaboration Project

This project is a multi-agency effort to improve the experiences of domestic violence survivors with mental health concerns. We help make services for survivors more accessible, holistic, and effective as well as strengthen collaboration between service providers.

Together We Are Creating Transformative Change

The current focus of this project is on better meeting the needs of survivors of domestic violence who:

  • Have mental health concerns as a result of trauma, or whose existing mental health concerns have been exacerbated by domestic violence; and
  • Are involved in a family law or a protection order case; and
  • Are accessing services at one of our partner agencies (LifeWire, King County Bar Foundation, and Sound Mental Health).

For more information about the project you can download a written summary here or view a 2014 webinar, “Spotlight on the King County Collaboration.”


We emphasize a trauma-informed approach to meeting the needs of domestic violence survivors with mental health concerns in the following training materials created for advocates, attorneys, and mental health service providers in King County, WA. If you are not in King County or if you work in a different field, much of the content may still be helpful.

Articles & Reports

Our articles and reports include updates about project accomplishments. Learn strategies to avoid traumatizing training audiences and how to create more welcoming environments for survivors.

Planning Materials

These materials document the extensive planning process that guided the initiatives of the Collaboration Project, including relationship building between our partner organizations, an in-depth assessment, and our strategic plan.

Collaboration Tools

If you would like to adapt any of these tools for your needs, please contact us for permission. Tools include helpful information about our interagency liaison system, cross-disciplinary case reviews, and a guide to reciprocal consultations between advocates and mental health service providers.

Family Law Toolkits

The Collaboration Project created toolkits for Domestic Violence Survivors, Domestic Violence Advocates, Attorneys, and Mental Health Service Providers to improve the experiences of survivors who have mental health concerns and who are involved in family law or protection order cases. The tools are intended to educate, alleviate anxiety, mitigate potential harm, and enhance safety and self-determination. While the tools are designed for use in King County, WA, templates are available for many of the tools so you can adapt them for your community’s needs.

We have a glossary in case you are not familiar with some of the words we have used in our tools – Words Matter, the Glossary of the Domestic Violence and Mental Health Collaboration Project. (pdf)

This project is supported by Grant No. 2014-FW-AX-K010 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in these publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

More tools are available to Coalition Members

Coalition Members can access these tools in the Member Area.

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We welcome your feedback regarding our tools.

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