Through this system change we expect to markedly increase the degree to which survivors of domestic violence engage their 0-3 children in treatment to avert and reduce the impact of trauma. As described in the proposal, we will accomplish this by a) educating those who are in the continuum of response to domestic violence about the importance of conveying to survivors the necessity of treatment, and b) persistently following up with survivors over weeks or even months to engage them in treatment as soon as their life circumstances permit. We propose to keep careful track of survivors about whom we learn to determine what proportion do engage in treatment within six months and to survey them as to whether advice from responders in the continuum of response and/or the persistent/proactive engagement of the PEID-V team were factors in their decision to engage in treatment.
We also are interested in tracking prevalence of PTSD diagnoses in the young children and successful resolution of PTSD diagnoses after a completed episode of treatment.
Additionally, we would like to track the number of families referred to infant mental health services, and the number that successfully engaged.
Finaly, we have in mind to do a pre-/post survey at our trainings to assess increased knowledge of infant mental health among the trainees (i.e. victim advocates and Denver Police Department officers).