"Learning about trauma’s impact has given our field a much better understanding of the way that domestic and sexual violence can deeply affect survivors. When we address the profound disruption that trauma causes in so many lives, our work is transformed."
- Dr. Terri Pease, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health


The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health Website
The NCDVTMH provides multiple forms of resources to advocates, substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers. They work to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors and their children. Their work is survivor-defined and social justice-oriented. The site offers publications, federal policy information, training resources, and training resources.


Action, Engagement, Remembering: Services for Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
Kris Bein, Resource Sharing Project
This article details ways that adult survivors experience trauma and how services can be tailored to support their healing.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ACEs provide a framework for understanding the lifelong impact of childhood trauma.

How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across a Lifetime
TED Talks
“Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.” –TED Talks

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience
The Prevention Institute
This report offers a framework for understanding, addressing and preventing community trauma. The impact of trauma is explored beyond the individuals who directly witness or experience violence by examining the trauma produced by structural violence and the social, physical and economic influences that mitigate its community impact.

Responding to Multi-Abuse Trauma, A Tool Kit to Help Advocates and Community Partners Better Serve People with Multiple Issues
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)
Debi S. Edmund, M.A., LPC and Patricia J. Bland, M.A., CDP,
This comprehensive toolkit offers details perspectives on trauma and intersections with mental health and substance use.

American Psychological Association Website
American Psychological Association
Offers information, articles and resources related to trauma.

Policy Implications of Recognizing that Caregiver Stress Is Not the Primary Cause of Elder Abuse
By Bonnie Brandl and Jane A. Raymond, Generations – Journal of the American Society on Aging
Published in Generations, the Journal of the American Society on Aging, this article frames elder abuse as a social justice issue. Authors Bonnie Brandl and Jane Raymond describe how elder abuse is distinct from caregiver stress.
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Collaborating With the Disability Service System To Prevent Sexual Assault and Support Survivors with Disabilities
This Powerpoint presentation by Meg Stone and Keith Jones outlines a systemic and organizational response to addressing sexual violence for people with disabilities.

David Baldwin’s Trauma Information Pages
David Baldwin, Psychologist
Designed by an Oregon-based psychologist, this site offers a wide variety of resources about trauma. It offers an overview of symptoms and responses to trauma, and provides links to further research, online articles and other web-based resources.

End Abuse of People with Disabilities
Center on Victimization and Safety, Vero Institute for Justice
This site provides information, resources and action steps to end sexual assault, abuse and exploitation of people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Janina Fisher, PhD. Website 
Janina Fisher, PhD.
Offers a strengths-based perspective on understanding trauma and treatment, psycho-educational resources and articles that for providers, advocates and survivors of trauma.

NPR Releases Special Series on People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence
National Public Ratio (NPR)
A project of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault, PreventConnect highlights the NPR series of stories and findings from a yearlong investigation into sexual violence and people with intellectual disabilities, Abused and Betrayed: People with intellectual disabilities and an epidemic of sexual assault. This page links to additional resources.

Trauma and Violence 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA defines different types of trauma and links to resources, publications and consumer information.

Trauma and You Handout
Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Through a lens of domestic violence, this two-page handout describes trauma definition, symptoms and healing.

What is Psychological Trauma?
Sidran Institute: Traumatic Stress Education
Website of the Maryland-based organization, Sidran Institute, offers information about psychological trauma. Resources include article and resources for individuals, families and communities impacted by trauma. The following page offers resources for treatment professionals specifically:

Breaking the Silence About Trauma
TED Talks
Referencing her own survival of child sexual abuse, Dani Bostick of Greenville Health Systems talks about childhood trauma and responses.

Trauma Bonds: What Are They and How Can We Overcome Them?
National Domestic Violence Hotline
This article appearing on the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s website explores the complexities of “trauma bonds” in relationships. This phenomenon can occur when people engaged in relationship with each other have experienced forms of trauma in the past. Trauma bonds can be difficult to identify and challenging to heal from. This article offers guidance for how to cope with the nuances of these relationship dynamics.