TVIC & GBV Tools

TVIC Tool for Health & Social Services – a 3-page overview of TVIC and how to implement the 4 Principles in organizational and individual practice, with a printable summary poster as page 4.

Principles of Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care (graphic) – a one page graphic summary of the 4 Principles of TVIC and strategies for organizations and individual providers.

Preventing, Recognizing & Addressing Vicarious Trauma: A Tool for Primary Health Care Organizations and Providers Working With Individuals – a 3-page graphic tool defining vicarious trauma and providing ways to recognize and respond to it, with emphasis on organizational strategies to support staff.

Trauma Review Exercise – guides an actual (or mental) ‘walk through’ of the physical and social spaces where services are provided. Are they welcoming? physically, culturally and emotionally safe? Creating safe and welcoming spaces reduces potential harm for everyone, especially those most likely to feel unwelcome and unsafe. The space can be anywhere you provide service (e.g. in an office, school, clinic, hospital, community center, a home) – it applies to interactions with individuals and groups.

Trauma Review Exercise: Higher Education – a 3-page tool on how to ‘walk through’ educational settings to consider how they are experienced by college/university students and visitors.

Trauma- and Violence Informed Care: Prioritizing Safety for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence – a 6-page “backgrounder” (with reference list) describing core concepts and principles of TVIC and why TVIC is essential to caring for those experiencing GBV.

Intimate Partner Violence Journeys to Safety – framed as guidance for those wishing to be good formal or informal allies or helpers, this 7-page graphic document synthesizes qualitative research on women’s experiences when making decisions about their abusive relationships.

TVIC Publications & Graphic Research Briefs

Wathen, C.N., Schmitt, B., MacGregor, J.C.D. (2021). Measuring Trauma- (and Violence-) Informed Care: A Scoping Review. Trauma, Violence & Abuse. Online first (open access):

Wathen, C.N., MacGregor, J.C.D., Beyrem, S. (2021). Impacts of Trauma- and Violence-Informed Care Education: A Mixed Method Follow-Up Evaluation with Health & Social Service Professionals. Public Health Nursing. Online:

Rodger, S., Bird, R., Hibbert, K., Johnson, A., Specht, J., Wathen, N. (2020). Preparing teachers to teach all students: Initial teacher education and trauma and violence informed care in the classroom. Psychology in the Schools, 57(2), 1798-1814.

For publications specific to TVIC as part of EQUIP’s equity-oriented health care intervention, visit EQUIP’s publication page.

TVIC for Client & Public Education

This graphic tool, which describes how to integrate TVIC into client and public-facing educational efforts, was developed by Jessica Carswell and our GTV Incubator team in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Elgin-Middlesex. There are two versions, one with locally-relevant resource links, and one more generic for those outside the London-Middlesex and Elgin (Ontario) region:

Trauma- & Violence-Informed Care (TVIC): A Tool to Support Safe Service Interactions (generic version)

Trauma- & Violence-Informed Care (TVIC): A Tool to Support Safe Service Interactions (with resources for those in London-Middlesex-Elgin, Ontario)

TVIC Workshop Slides & Videos

Visit the Toolkit to view videos of Drs. Marilyn Ford-Gilboe and Nadine Wathen delivering a TVIC Workshop, with embedded tools and activities.

EQUIP Tools & Learning Modules has developed simple, practice-oriented resources to support individual learning and organizational change. Click below to find those specific to TVIC:

Creating a Trauma- and Violence-Informed Classroom – Resources for TVIC in Schools

This whiteboard “explainer” video, developed by Dr. Andrea Gonzalez at McMaster University with support from the PreVAiL Research Network, shows the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, including trauma and violence, on the developing brain.

These resources have been developed by Dr. Susan Rodger to support teacher education. They are provided as PDF files; for more information, please contact Dr. Rodger.