Purpose of Collaboration

Peace of Mind Florida is a collaboration between the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) and the Brain Injury Association of Florida (BIAF).

For the past several years, the impact of traumatic brain injury has surfaced as a pressing issue for FCADV and its membership. As a result of FCADV’s increased efforts to provide training and technical assistance on the intersection of domestic violence and disabilities, it became apparent there was a lack of internal and external capacity regarding the co-occurrence of traumatic brain injury and domestic violence.

In 2009, FCADV contacted BIAF for support and technical assistance to create disability outreach awareness materials intended to enhance the capacity of advocates working at Certified Domestic Violence Centers. BIAF provided substantive content for materials regarding the possible cognitive and physical symptoms of traumatic brain injury. During subsequent discussions between FCADV and BIAF, it became evident domestic violence and traumatic brain injury service providers lacked the capacity to provide safe, welcoming, and accessible services for survivors of domestic violence who are living with disabilities as a result of a traumatic brain injury. Both organizations recognized the need for internal and external capacity building to adequately provide training and technical assistance regarding the intersection of domestic violence and traumatic brain injury. As a result of this identified need, leadership of both organizations committed to collaborate in the future when funding opportunities became available. 

In October 2010, as a result of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Disability Grant Program, both organizations joined together to form Peace of Mind Florida, a partnership to address how each organization will build internal capacity to provide training and technical assistance to its membership and/or staff.

It is the intention of FCADV and BIAF, through this project, to collaboratively create sustainable system changes and provide training and technical assistance to support Certified Domestic Violence Center Advocates and Resource Facilitation Coordinators; to address the unique needs of survivors of domestic violence living with a disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury.