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4 Reasons to Adopt Trauma and Violence-Informed Care into Healthcare

  1. Understanding the Impact of Violence on Trauma: Trauma and violence are closely intertwined; recognizing this connection is essential. Many individuals who have experienced trauma have done so as a result of violence. By understanding this relationship, healthcare providers can better empathize with their patients and avoid blaming or judging them for their reactions to trauma. This understanding enables the delivery of more compassionate and effective care, ultimately supporting the healing process.

"Based on our review of the literature, however, we believe trauma likely contributes to violence via direct avenues (e.g., social learning, physiological abnormalities), as well as indirect avenues (e.g., increased likelihood of substance use, personality disorder, etc.). Therefore, the most reasonable conclusion that can be drawn at this time is that trauma's link to violence is multi-faceted." (Nellar & Fabian, 2006)

2. Improving Healthcare Outcomes: Trauma and violence-informed practices, including de-escalation techniques, have been proven to enhance healthcare outcomes. Creating safe environments and providing trauma-informed care can significantly benefit survivors of trauma and violence, leading to improved physical, emotional, and mental well-being. By implementing these practices, healthcare providers can contribute to the healing and resilience of those affected by such experiences.

2. Reducing Harm and Avoiding Re-Traumatization: It's essential for service providers to recognize the potential for unintentionally causing harm to individuals who have experienced violence and trauma. Re-traumatization can occur when survivors are asked to repeatedly recount their traumatic experiences or face discrimination, marginalization, or stigma. By adopting trauma and violence-informed care practices, healthcare providers can minimize harm by creating safe and supportive environments that prioritize the well-being of survivors. This approach emphasizes the importance of avoiding language and actions that can trigger or re-traumatize individuals while providing a compassionate space.

4. Improving System Responses for All: Trauma and violence-informed approaches benefit not only survivors but also make systems and organizations more responsive to the needs of all individuals. Embedding these practices into policies and procedures creates universal trauma precautions that ensure positive support and reduce harm for everyone, regardless of their trauma history. This shift in focus from disclosure to creating safe environments and offering trauma-informed care promotes inclusivity and supports better healthcare outcomes.

In summary, adopting trauma and violence-informed care is essential for healthcare providers and organizations to better understand and address the impact of violence on trauma, improve healthcare outcomes, reduce harm and re-traumatization, and create a more inclusive and supportive healthcare environment for all individuals affected by violence and trauma. This approach ultimately facilitates healing, resilience, and better overall well-being for survivors.

Please feel free to reach out to Ian Robertson Clinical Training for a free 30-minute consultation for our organizational trauma-informed leadership and frontline staff training.

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