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SANCTUARY IN A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
SHELTER: A TEAM APPROACH
Libbe H. Madsen, M.S.W., Lisa V. Blitz, M.S.W., David
McCorkle, M.S.W., and Paula G. Panzer, M.D.
For survivors of domestic violence, the ongoing effects of trauma are com-
pounded by the context of their abusive experience. Injury caused by a person
one has loved and trusted damages beliefs about oneself, other people, and the
world. Staff members of various disciplines and educational backgrounds who
work in domestic violence shelters are dealing with this damage as well as the
impact of trauma on shelter residents. They face the challenge of observing and
responding to the effects of recent and past abuse, to traumatic reenactments
within the setting, and to their own secondary trauma reactions. This paper
explores the process of implementing the Sanctuary
model in a domestic vi-
olence shelter as a way to address trauma and its impact on clients and staff.
The Sanctuary model was chosen because of its focus on teamwork, and the
Libbe H. Madsen is director of staff development for the Center for Trauma Program
Innovation of Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) and consultant
to the JBFCS domestic violence shelters.
Lisa V. Blitz is director of Genesis, a JBFCS domestic violence shelter.
David McCorkle is the former assistant director of Genesis and current on-site Project
Coordinator of Sanctuary at JBFCS residential treatment programs.
Paula G. Panzer is Deputy Chief Psychiatrist of JBFCS.
Address correspondence to Libbe H. Madsen, MSW, JBFCS, 120 W. 57 Street, New
York, NY 10019; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2003 Human Sciences Press, Inc.