Young children and families traumatized by violence and abuse have a safe place to go for mental health services in the Washington Heights community of NYC. The Family PEACE (Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences) Trauma Treatment Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is dedicated to addressing this critical community health need.
The Center provides clinical services in a community where police reportedly responded to an average of more than 770 incidents of domestic violence a day in 2014. The Center delivers treatment to young children, their siblings, and caregivers through a holistic, evidence-based approach aimed at addressing the psychological impact of trauma exposure, improving the parent-child relationship, and strengthening the family’s sense of safety—all in an effort to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of violence and trauma.
Following six months of treatment in 2016, 53% of children have fewer behavioral problems, 75% of adult caregivers report feeling less depressed, and 67% report feeling a reduction in stress. The center also educates and trains medical providers to screen for domestic violence in primary care practices and is active in grassroots advocacy efforts against domestic violence.