Justice System

Trauma and Juvenile Justice

THE JUSTICE POLICY INSTITUTE RELEASES BRIEF THAT EXAMINES RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILDHOOD TRAUMA AND JUVENILE JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT

The Justice Policy Institute has released “Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense.”

The brief examines the relationship between childhood trauma and involvement in the juvenile justice system. According to the brief, while research shows that up to 34 percent of children in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event, between 75 and 93 percent of youth entering the juvenile justice system annually are estimated to have experienced some degree of trauma.

Resources:

“Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Children Makes Sense” is available online at www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/10-07_REP_HealingInvisibleWounds_JJ-PS.pdf.

For further information about the brief, see the Justice Policy Institute’s press release at www.justicepolicy.org/content-hmID=1811&smID=1581&ssmID=102.htm#press

Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Juvenile Justice Working Group

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

www.NCTSNet.org

Creating a Trauma-Informed Law Enforcement System

Creating a Trauma-Informed Law Enforcement System

NCTSN Service Systems Briefs v2 n1, April 2008 NCTSN.org

In response to the widespread prevalence of violence and its effects in children’s lives, many communities have formed partnerships among police departments, mental health, and other child serving agencies.

Judges and Child Trauma

 Judges and Child Trauma: Findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network/National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Focus Groups

Child trauma is endemic in the juvenile justice system. At least 75% of youth involved in the juvenile delinquency system have experienced traumatic victimization,1, 2 and 11–50% have developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1, 3-6 Many of these young people are involved in the family court system due to victimization. For example, children involved in dependency cases generally have experienced at least one major traumatic event in their lifetime, and many have long and complex trauma histories. Furthermore, abuse and neglect often are associated with concurrent exposure to domestic violence, substance abuse, and community violence.

Informing Judges About Child Trauma NCTSN Service Systems Briefs v2 n2, August 2008 NCTSN.org

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