The National Trauma Consortium
The NTC represents people and
- Recognize the damage that interpersonal violence does to individuals
and to society, and
- Want to do something about it, and
- Are committed to working in partnership with people who have experienced
Why focus on trauma?
Trauma is often the central issue for people with mental health problems,
substance abuse problems, or co-occurring disorders, and there are huge
personal, social and economic costs to ignoring trauma.
More important, people can and do recover from the effects of trauma
if they receive the right services and support. Effective treatment models
been developed and tested. Many have been adapted for use in different
social service settings and for special populations. Training programs
are also available to help staff understand and respond to trauma.
Our goal at the NTC is to help get this information into the hands of
all the people who can use it.
Few Facts about Trauma
In mental health and substance abuse
- As many as 80% of men and women in psychiatric hospitals have
experienced physical or sexual abuse, most of them as children.
- The majority of adults diagnosed with Borderline Personality
Disorder (81%)or Dissociative Identity Disorder (90%) were abused
- Up to two-thirds of both men and women in substance abuse treatment
report childhood abuse or neglect.
- Nearly 90% of alcoholic women were sexually abused as children
or suffered severe violence at the hands of a parent.
In childhood and adolescence
- 82% of young people in inpatient and residential treatment
programs have histories of trauma.
- Violence is a significant causal factor in 10-25% of all developmental
In the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems
- 80% of women in prison and jail have been victims of sexual
and physical abuse.
- In one study, 92% of incarcerated girls reported sexual, physical
or severe emotional abuse.
- Boys who experience or witness violence are 1,000 times more
likely to commit violence than those who do not.
From The Damaging Consequences of Violence and Trauma, 2004,
compiled by Ann Jennings, PhD. Download at Documents