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Child Trauma Response Team

Supporting children and families impacted by domestic violence.

The Child Trauma Response Team (CTRT) is an innovative program reflecting a dedicated partnership between Safe Horizon, the NYPD and District Attorney’s Offices. CTRT is designed to provide a swift and coordinated response to families after serious incidents of domestic violence. CTRT focuses on reducing the harmful impact of traumatic events on children and their involved caregivers.

CTRT operates in nine select police precincts in the boroughs of Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. In these precincts, Safe Horizon’s child trauma responders and crime victim advocates work hand-in-hand with Domestic Violence Police Officers. Together, they identify children and caregivers who have been impacted by domestic violence and provide timely, expert support.

How CTRT Helps Children and Their Caregivers Overcome Trauma

Child Trauma Responders complete trauma screenings with children and caregivers to better understand the symptoms children and their caregivers are experiencing and how they are coping. Then, they provide a brief mental health intervention called the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI). Developed by the Yale University Child Study Center, CFTSI is a 5-8 session intervention that engages children and their caregivers. It has been proven to significantly reduce children’s suffering and traumatic symptoms.

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