Trauma, Violence, and Healing

How does a nation founded on violence, structural racism, and exclusion, build a fair and equitable future? How can a nation heal and embrace democracy, when its government never fully reckons with its origin story, and the resulting multigenerational trauma?

In 2020, these questions gain new urgency, as the country continues to witness and respond to the state-sanctioned violence of Black lives by the police and the increasing incidents of hate crimes. One of the strategies being used more is trauma-informed care, which supports individuals and communities based on their trauma history.

This section points to the manifestation of violence in multiple forms, including: addressing violence within our communities, gun violence, and structural violence. In addition, this se [...]

Community Trauma and Healing

Healing Justice and Holistic Security Frameworks
Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
Rejecting False Harmony: How Philanthropy Can Support Real Healing
Nwamaka Agbo
Nonprofit Quarterly
Restorative Justice & Its Responsibility to Racial Justice
Molly Rowan Leach
Restorative Justice on the Rise
How Transformative Justice Responds to Violence Without the Carceral System
Reina Sultan
Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart: Historical Trauma and Healing in Native American Communities
This Town Adopted Trauma-Informed Care—And Saw a Decrease in Crime and Suspension Rates
Melissa Hellmann
YES! Magazine
Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma
Rachel Davis, Howard Pinderhughes, and Myesha Williams
Prevention Institute; Kaiser Permanente
Facts Matter! Black Lives Matter! The Trauma of Racism
Dottie Lebron, Laura Morrison, Dan Ferris, et al.
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Research Shows Entire Black Communities Suffer Trauma After Police Shootings
Tasha Williams
YES! Magazine
The Consequences of Structural Racism, Concentrated Poverty and Violence on Young Men and Boys of Color
Carol Silverman, Michael Sumner, and Mary Louise Frampton
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at UC Berkeley Law School

History and Conceptual Framework

Past: Rooting in Histories; We Have Been Here Before
Cara Page, Caitlin Breedlove, Talila Lewis, and Anjali Taneja
Fortification Podcast
“Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence”
Resmaa Menaken
On Being with Krista Tippett
Applying Racial Equity Lens to Creating Trauma-Informed and Resiliency-Promoting Organizations
Denes Shervington
Community Action Partnership
Healing Histories: Disrupting the Medical Industrial Complex
Susan Raffo
A Not-So-Brief Personal History of the Healing Justice Movement, 2010–2016
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Moving, Image, Culture, Etc. (MICE)
Healing Justice: Building Power, Transforming Movements
Brenda Salas Neves, Cara Page, and Sarah Gunther
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief: Implications for Clinical Research and Practice with Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, PhD
Native American & Disparities Research, Center for Rural & Community Behavioral Health
Lessons Unheeded, or How Not to Repeat a History of Violence
Linda Bowen
Institute for Community Peace
Literature Review: Structural Racism, the Criminal Justice System and Violence Against Women
Gavin Kearney
Battered Women’s Justice Project
Michael Brown and the America’s Structural Violence Epidemic
David Ragland
The Parallels of Racism and A Rape Culture
Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs
Trauma-Informed Care: Literature Scan
Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui

Individual Trauma and Healing

“We need the harm to stop in our communities. We need the damage to be repaired. We need to be able to have the opportunity to have a life of dignity, and the possibility to thrive.”

~ Opal Tometi, Co-founder, Black Lives Matter movement


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