Supporting Trauma-Informed Prevention in LGBTQ Community – The TIFFANY Project

Dates: 2013

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)

Service: Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health, State and Local Public Health


Research shows disproportionate rates of sexual victimization among members of the LGBTQ community when compared to the general population. It is therefore critical that prevention efforts with this population are both trauma-informed and LGBTQ affirming.

JSI worked in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Sexual Assault and Survivor Services Unit to develop capacity-building recommendations for trauma-informed prevention in an LGBTQ inclusive setting, emphasizing healthy relationships and sexuality.

JSI and its consultant, Linette Liebling, an expert in sexuality and public health, convened a practice group of 8-9 individuals representing organizations working in this area who attended the Symposium on Trauma Informed Prevention and Healthy Relationships/Healthy Sexuality in LGBTQ Supportive Settings held in October, 2012.

JSI and practice group members recommended strategies to build the capacity of state funded agencies and proposed guidelines for DPH consideration. Boston Alliance for GLBT Youth (BAGLY) was also supported to implement and refine a training related to this initiative.