Peter A. Levine

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The paradox of trauma is that it has the power to destroy and the power to transform and resurrect.

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Fact Sheet: Understanding, Preventing and Healing Trauma

Between 75 and 93 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have experienced some degree of trauma.

Racially motivated violence and discrimination can be traumatic and have been linked to PTSD symptoms among people of color.

LGBT people experience violence and PTSD at higher rates than the general population.

Trauma results from exposure to an incident or series of events that is emotionally disturbing or life-threatening.  Such as:


*Experiencing or observing physical, sexual and emotional abuse;

*Childhood Neglect

*Having a family member with a mental health or substance use disorder;

*Experiencing or witnessing violence in the community or while in the military;

*Natural or human-made disasters and forced displacement;

*Sudden, unexplained separation from a loved one;

*War or terrorism; and

*Poverty, discrimination and historical trauma.

Understanding the Effects of Trauma on Health

June 2017 Fact Sheet - 

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