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A recent addition to the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Library is the working document, “Report of the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma: A Federal Intergovernmental Partnership on Mental Health Transformation.” This report is described as "a call to action, not a comprehensive review.”  The significance and urgency of the issue around women and trauma is provided in the executive summary:025082

Unaddressed trauma experienced by women, including trauma caused by violence, affects all of us. Advances in the science and practice of behavioral health have helped us to understand that violence against women - and the trauma that results - have a huge impact on the health, economy and even the security of our nation. Trauma occurs whenever an external threat overwhelms a person’s coping resources. While concern about trauma is not new, research over the past ten years has provided a stunning picture of the depth and breadth of its consequences. Recognizing that immediate action is necessary and urgent, a group of Federal agencies have been working together for more than a year to highlight the scope of the problem and to develop collective strategies for action. The Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma is an outgrowth of the SAMHSA-sponsored “Federal Intergovernmental Partnership on Mental Health Transformation Working Group on Women and Trauma.” This report provides background on women and trauma, describes a Roundtable held on April 29, 2010, and presents an outline of what the Committee plans for the coming year.

The Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee includes representative staff from the National Institute of Corrections. NIC highlights contributions to the topic of behavioral health within criminal justice populations and, more specifically, the impact of trauma with justice-involved women. In addition, NIC  also represents the interests of the corrections field through its participation on subcommittees and in the past planning and participation of Roundtable I, which this monograph represents, and in the planning of the Round Table II scheduled to be held December 6-7, 2011 in Washington, DC.

See additional resources from NIC on Justice-Involved Women




Posted Wed, Jul 13 2011 8:17 AM by Susan Powell

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