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 Safety and Healing Practices

Community Trauma and Healing

History and Conceptual Framework

Individual Trauma and Healing

Key Sites



“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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  • Education

  • Food Justice

  • Immigration and Refugee Rights

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  • Children, Families, and Youth Development

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  • Employment and Labor

  • Health and Healthcare

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  • Reparations

  • Community Planning: Land and Transportation

  • Economic Security

  • Environmental Justice

  • Housing

  • Media and Technology

  • Reproductive Justice


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