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Justice Begins with a Trauma-Informed Approach: Reflections and Vision
Victims and survivors of sexual assault measure “justice” in many different ways. There are evolving community expectations and demands for trauma-informed approaches, including the international campaign that promotes “Start by Believing,” for victims and survivors. All of this has led to new professional standards for trauma-informed care in our response, investigation, and prosecution of sexual assault cases, and more importantly, for victims and survivors; “Justice begins with a trauma-informed approach.”
Chief Tom Tremblay (Ret) has conducted over 400 Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault case consultations and training projects throughout the US and Canada. He will share reflections on promising practices from his 35 years of promoting sexual assault reforms: trauma-informed – victim-centered – offender focused all in an effort to “reimagine justice” for victims and survivors.
The effects of trauma on victims and survivors, and the vicarious trauma experienced by service providers, are often misunderstood, misinterpreted, or ignored. Trauma-informed care is grounded in the understanding and responsiveness to trauma not only for victims and survivors, but also for service providers – that means all of you that do this important work. We must ask ourselves; “how can we be expected to understand someone else’s trauma – if we don’t start by understanding our own trauma.
The presenter will share his vision for utilizing trauma-informed – victim-centered – offender focused approaches throughout the administration of “Justice.” This can help build trust that can empower victims and survivors in overcoming their reluctance to engage in the criminal justice system, and it can also contribute to their immediate and long-term recovery and provide a helpful foundation for how they will measure Justice - and how we can reimagine justice in our continued work ahead.

Jun 30, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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