Anti-violence workers are disproportionately impacted by vicarious trauma. Many have experienced violence and trauma themselves. To better meet the needs of people who have experienced trauma, including survivors of gender-based violence, Trauma-informed practice (TIP) is being applied across numerous sectors and service systems.
Yet, the application of trauma-informed practice principles within our own organizations and leadership — including policies and procedures, hiring and onboarding practices, supervision, and debriefing –- is not consistent across the anti-violence sector.
This issue of EVA Notes outlines how we can better apply trauma-informed practices and prioritize staff wellness within our organizations.