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Restorative Justice as a Trauma-Informed Approach [psychologytoday.com]

 

By Robert Goldman, Photo: Unsplash, Psychology Today, January 17, 2022

When a crime occurs, it sets in motion potential tragic consequences that are often unseen by the American justice system. However, this "benign neglect" may lead to traumatic consequences for the victims and the community.

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing event that has long-lasting effects on an individual's mental, emotional, and physical well-being. A single event, such as a car accident or a natural disaster, or prolonged exposure to traumatic circumstances, such as abuse, crime, or combat can cause it. Trauma can manifest in various ways, including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and, most notably, crime.

The prevalence rate of individuals who have experienced trauma and go on to commit crimes varies depending on the population and type of trauma being considered. However, research has shown that there is a strong link between trauma and criminal behavior.

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