A Trauma-informed, mental health-law enforcement model for children exposed to violence
Graves, K., Ward, M., Pitts, W., & Crotts, D. K. (2018). The Greensboro Child Response Initiative: A Trauma-informed, mental health-law enforcement model for children exposed to violence . Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2018.1490843
This article evaluates a trauma-informed, mental health–law enforcement intervention model called the Greensboro Child Response Initiative (CRI). CRI is a community-coordinated response to mitigate the development of traumatic stress symptoms in children exposed to violence, with the goals of decreasing mental health symptoms and other negative outcomes. Results from a quasi-experimental study indicated that caregivers appreciate the quick follow-up and support by CRI advocates and police reported seeing CRI as a critical component of their responses to calls for service related to families and children. Police line-ups and training provided by CRI increased levels of empathy and awareness of child trauma. Monthly stakeholder meetings promoted an informed victim response and increased communication and networking opportunities among community providers and law enforcement. Results suggest that CRI is a promising community-based early intervention, and implications and suggestions are provided for replicability.