Trauma is the resulting long term psychological and physiological imprint that exposure to a certain event or series of events has on an individual or a community.
- TRAUMATIC EVENTS: Potentially traumatic events include: psychological, physical, or sexual abuse, community or school violence, witnessing or experiencing domestic violence, natural disasters, terrorism, commercial sexual exploitation, sudden or violent loss of a loved one, refugee or war experiences, military family-related stressors, neglect, serious accidents or life-threatening illness.
- More than TWO THIRDS OF CHILDREN reported at least 1 traumatic event by age 16.
- WITNESSING COMMUNITY VIOLENCE: Estimated rates of witnessing community violence range from 39% to 85%
- VETERANS: The number of US Veterans with PTSD varies by service era. Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF) (11-20% who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year. Gulf War (Desert Storm): 12% Vietnam War: 30%
- DISASTER: More than half of U.S. families have been affected by some type of disaster (54%)
While some of our classes may be specifically focused on addressing the trauma of a specific population (for example: survivors of domestic and sexual violence) the intersectional nature of trauma means that each of the population YIA serves experience some type of trauma and all of our classes must be trauma-informed.
Post COVID Healing?
Further Reading & Resources
Fast Facts Citations
Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk: