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Coalition Chronicles 31-2: Paving the Way for Trauma-Informed Practice in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Movement

In our work as advocates, we have often focused on the immediacy of the events that happened in the most recent victimization. Trauma-informed practice helps us to understand that trauma impacts can exist within us for many years, they can be stirred up, and can spill out when triggered by other events that remind them of a past trauma they have experienced.

The benefit of learning trauma-informed practice is that it starts with our already existing advocacy practices of trying to understand what happened, but asks us to dig deeper, learning and understanding more about the person as a whole being. When we take the time and work to truly understand what happened, recently and historically, to each individual who comes to our door for support and help, we know the healing can truly begin.