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Women and Trauma: Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma

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Date Published
June 2011
79 pages
This report examines the impact of trauma on women.
"Trauma-informed care" is a new approach to violence and trauma based on universal precautions and organizational sensitivity. This program can provide tools for change. Trauma-informed care directly responds to the failures of the current public system to foster safety and transparency in healing and recovery, and it can be implemented in any setting. This report is based on information collected from the "Federal Partners Mental Health Transformation Committee on Women and Trauma" who held a Roundtable on April 29, 2010 with Federal, State, tribal, private and community stakeholders, all whom work with women and girls affected by trauma across multiple services sectors and settings. The Roundtable brought together more than 80 individuals representing Federal and State agencies, advocacy organizations, academic and research institutions, and individuals with direct experience of trauma. Agencies have followed- up with concrete actions designed to implement trauma-informed principles and practices. The report provides an introduction to the key issues facing each participating agency, with statistics documenting the impact of violence against women and girls, including information on how each department is responding. Examples of responses to issues include the development of informational materials and curricula; webinars; prevention toolkits; workforce training programs; university-based training; and conference presentations and workshops. Other actions reflect new policies, changes in grant programs, and new research directions. Examples of finding include the need for participation in international and global forums; re-examination of policies on workplace violence, bullying and health education; agency resource mapping; development of new state coalitions; and the development of technical guidance memoranda. Appendixes