Domus has adopted the Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed model of organizational change, to improve the health and well-being of our young people and those who care for them.
Many youth at Domus have experienced trauma, sometimes frequent and severe trauma. We adopted the Sanctuary Model because we recognize the connection between trauma and behavior. The Sanctuary Model promotes safety and non-violence, which is climate we want for everyone at Domus. Sanctuary provides a model for how to treat young people and adults working together in a community, allowing Domus to set our own structures and guidelines for our young people. Sanctuary challenges us to think differently: For example, asking “what happened to this young person to make her act this way?” rather than “what is wrong with this young person?”
In June 2013, Domus finished the three-year process of fully adopting Sanctuary across the organization and became Connecticut’s first Sanctuary-certified nonprofit.