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Trauma is the lasting emotional response that often results from living through a distressing event. Experiencing a traumatic event can harm a person’s sense of safety, sense of self, and ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. Long after the traumatic event occurs, people with trauma can often feel shame, helplessness, powerlessness and intense fear.


Did you know?

  • 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%  Gulf War (Desert Storm): 12% Vietnam War: 30% in a given year.
  • DISASTER:  More than half of U.S. families have been affected by some type of disaster (54%)

YiA and Trauma

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. 


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