Action Team 3

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Susan Omilian, JD is an attorney, published author and motivational speaker who has advocated to end violence against women for the past forty years.

Senior Co-Chair

Susan Omilian

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Karen Rich, LCSW, PhD, teaches and researches in the area of secondary victimization, rape, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and institutional responses to trauma.

Junior Co-Chair

Karen Rich

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Diana Barnes-Fox, MA is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor.

Chair Elect

Diana Barnes-Fox

About Us

Action Team 3 focuses on reducing the impact of previous trauma and breaking the cycle that perpetuates violence and trauma in people’s lives. The Team seeks to link research with policy and best practices to implement trauma-informed care as part of the National Plan for Ending Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan.


The Team will work to incorporate multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary trauma-informed practices into specific recommendations including those that identify and address barriers to implementation of trauma-informed care in in all communities, sectors and service systems. These include schools, colleges, primary health care, hospitals, child welfare, human services, mental health services, civil and family courts as well as the criminal justice system (e.g. law enforcement, prosecutors, courts and adult corrections and juvenile facilities).


The Team’s work will include developing policy statements, identifying those who can provide professional, advanced trainings on evidence-based best practices for trauma informed care and providing opportunities for the publication of research on promising new evidence-based approaches to trauma-informed care.

Current Projects

  • AT3 Co-Chairs are now serving as Guest Editors for a special issue on trauma-informed care for the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

  • Producing research and writing papers for that trauma-informed car issue that explore grassroots methods for carrying the value and benefits of trauma-informed care to various disciplines and services sectors in the community.

  • Certifying providers trained in trauma-informed care and creating an online database of such providers that can be made available to the general public as well as other providers and practitioners. This database will include a section that would be a resource for multicultural and multilingual competence.

Future Projects

  • Continue to explore educational and public awareness opportunities to promote trauma-informed care.

  • Work to identify individuals who are certified in trauma-informed care so that they can be resources to others as well as facilitators of trainings in local communities and with national audiences.

  • Work together to carry the Action Team 3 voice and mission into communities by developing policy statements and recommendations for best practice evidence-based methods that will implement trauma-informed care across multiple disciplines and service sectors.


Acton Team 3 meets on the 1st Friday of every month at 12:00 pm EST. You can join the meetings on Zoom using this URL:


If you would like to join Action Team 3 please send your membership form to Susan Omilian:

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