Day 10 – Push organizations and government systems to become trauma-informed
Push organizations and government systems to become trauma-informed.
Some trauma specialists put it this way: “In our experience, it is extremely rare to encounter a formally designated perpetrator who is not also demonstrably a victim of some form of abuse, early trauma, or extreme neglect.” (1) Institutions from schools through social service agencies through jails and prisons all need to become aware of the terrible toll trauma takes on its victims, including leading many of them to commit violence against others.
Some of the things you can do:
- If you represent an organization, read and consider endorsing “Safe, Healthy, and Ready to Learn,” an effort to improve how schools handle traumatized students. http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/safe-healthy-and-ready-to-learn-executive-summary-full-report/ (Note: action e-list sign-up unfortunately says the organization focuses on violence against women and girls. They are have been increasing their knowledge and have several new resources coming out that are trans- and LGBT-specific.)
- Make sure your state and federal elected officials know about the ACE Study (see Action #5) <link: www.forge-forward.org/2015/11/day-5-ace/> and keep it in mind as they oversee social and educational programs.
- Urge your elected officials to increase funding to mental health programs.
(1) Maddock, J.W., & Larson, N.R. (2004). “The ecological approach to incestuous families.” In Catherall, D.R. (ed.) Handbook of Stress, Trauma, and the Family, New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge, p. 385.
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