Greater Williamsburg Trauma - Informed Community Network


"Supporting a trauma-aware, resilient and compassionate community"

what assets
Your whole-hearted participation in building a unified, professional response to trauma-informed care is vital! We want to ensure everyone's talents are pooled at the right time to do the right job, so share with us: What assets do you bring to the table? Click here to populate this table with your 1. physical, 2. knowledge, 3. social & 4. capital assets. 


Our 5 Strategies:

Build an inclusive coalition that recognizes diverse cultures

Develop community-wide indicators to measure progress

Establish a broad network of resources to enhance impact

Create a range of community platforms that acknowledge trauma, empathy & resilience

Provide a customizable menu of trauma informed opportunities for diverse populations 


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About Us

Welcome to the Greater Williamsburg Trauma-Informed Community Network! 

Representatives of the GW-TICN are from public and private community organizations serving individuals and families across the lifespan throughout Williamsburg, James City County, York County, and Poquoson. These representatives meet regularly through General Membership meeting to share ideas and resources, as well as plan future activities and initiatives. 

Rebecca Vinroot, Director of the JCC Department of Social Services, spearheaded the formation of the Greater Williamsburg network and is the Chair of GW-TICN.

Rebecca Vinroot 
757-259-3104 | 

Join our work:
Shari Wiltshire

GW-TICN Coordinator
340-514-3069 |

What is a TICN

There are more than 20 communities in Virginia coming together to support trauma-informed care across professional disciplines. Most of these communities have formed Trauma-Informed Community Networks (TICNs). 

The goal of a TICN, as guided by the Family & Children's Trust Fund framework, is to "leverage the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma to build relationships, convene regularly, and advocate a common agenda around resilience."

TICNs share common characteristics: to spread awareness; to conduct trainings to support and implement new practices in schools, courts, health and social service departments. These initiatives help connect people and private agencies across disciplines and encourage them to identify gaps in their policies and practices to implement trauma-informed care. 


Public Awareness/Training – Working with the vision statement to get the word out to the community, and develop relevant trainings for the community. *Contact and for more info.

Health – Targeting hospitals, clinics, behavioral health, and other treatment providers and medical professionals to conduct organizational assessments and help define what being trauma sensitive means in a healthcare setting. *Contact and for more info.

Legal The focus will be on enhancing trauma-informed efforts within the legal system, including law enforcement, the courts and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. *Contact for more info.

Schools – Building off of the successful launch of the “Handle with Care” collaboration with the police department for students who have experienced a traumatic event, this committee will implement initiatives learned from the “Trauma-Sensitive Schools” conference. *Contact for more info.

Racial Trauma – Defining racial justice, and dissecting its relationship to racial trauma, to lead our network through tough conversations on race given the unique history of the Historic district. *Contact for more info.


Boundaries, Breaks and BalanceAmanda Lynch

Creating a Healthy Work/Life BalanceEllen Williams

Saving Heroes and Heroines Dr. Allison Sampson-Jackson

Trauma and the Brain Kit Leffel

Window of ToleranceMichelle Weed

Adverse Childhood Experiences Keith Cartwright

Crisis & Prevention Lifelines

Colonial Behavioral Health-Emergency Services:  757-378-5555

24/7 crisis assessment and referral services to individuals living in James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg and York County.

REACH:  DD Crisis Services: 1-888-255-2989

24/7 mobile crisis intervention program that provides crisis support to individuals with a Developmental Disability who are experiencing mental health or challenging behavioral needs.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 


24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people, (age 13-24 yrs.).

Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1 

24/7 crisis lifeline for Veterans and their family members

Community Partner Resources

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

#Be There for a Veteran in Crisis

Even One Is Too Many:  Preventing Suicide among Black American Boys and Girls

 NAMI's Suicide Prevention Awareness Month information

Suicide Prevention Toolkit