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The ReCentered Project

ReCentered offers an opportunity for entire organizations—survivors and staff together—to reflect on their programs and make environmental changes of even greater trust, respect, safety, and support. TCFV has developed a process for conducting the ReCentered: Trauma Informed Assessment Project with interested domestic violence centers.

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How the Process Works

The Assessment

The pre-assessment can include interviews, along with assessment tools as appropriate. TCFV staff then meets with staff, leadership and when possible, survivors.

The Report

After the assessment, TCFV staff develop a summary or presentation highlighting the program’s strengths and recommended areas of growth.

The Review

The change review session is a dynamic opportunity for staff to discuss recommended changes and make collective decisions about which changes to implement.

The Support

Once the center has decided to make changes in their program, TCFV provides ongoing support with additional staff training and facilitated discussions.

The Follow Up

TCFV follows up with the center to hear from staff how change work has been going, help staff work on new questions and challenges, and provide more follow-up trainings and resources.

The Time Line

Depending on program size and TCFV staff availability, the typical timeframe from assessment to review is 12-24 months. However, the timeline for a virtual process can vary.


Speaking of Recentering

The first step in recentering your program is understanding the essential terms that drive this survivor-focused approach.


Empowerment-based advocacy is rooted in advocates working alongside survivors. Advocates assist survivors in making their own informed decisions and in gaining a greater sense of agency and power in their lives.


Survivor-centered—or survivor-defined—advocacy, is a way to work with survivors to meet their needs, as they see them. Advocates are partners with survivors, companions on each survivor’s journey rather than limited to merely providing pre-determined social services from a standard list.


Trauma-informed approaches recognize that survivors have varied experiences of trauma that can impact their physical, emotional, cognitive, psychological and spiritual wellbeing. Trauma-informed programs seek to create environments and services that promote safety, choice, trust, dignity, connection, cultural responsivity and healing.

Outcomes of the Project

– New methods of incorporating survivor input into program design and policy decisions –

– An understanding that rules reduction can lead to a stronger, more effective structure in the program –

– Improved mechanisms for staff feedback about domestic violence center operations –

ReCentered by the Numbers


Interviews &
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*ReCentered Statewide Report (2020)


Focusing on Fundamentals


The foundational principle of ReCentering your program is to understand and respond to the self-stated needs of survivors and to create services that uphold the dignity, safety, and voices of survivors.


When we better understand the links between domestic violence, trauma, and mental health, we can provide more trauma-informed and survivor-centered services. The training sessions listed here offer a range of content related to the intersection of trauma, mental health and domestic violence.


Optimize your Outreach

Survivors of domestic violence in marginalized communities often experience extensive barriers to safety. Help your program increase accessibility and better engage communities by utilizing our awareness and outreach tools.

What Survivors Are Saying

I feel truly blessed to have a place to come to, where I actually feel ‘heard’ and helped and also SAFE!


I feel less stressed and am able to focus on taking care of myself and my children and move forward. I hope to continue on with their assistance, knowing I cannot do it alone.


If I didn’t have them, I really don’t know what I would have done.