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Trauma and the Law: Applying Trauma-Informed Practice to Legal and Judicial Contexts

Trauma and LawThe applicability of `trauma-informed practice’ to the practice of law is increasingly recognised. While originating from within the field of mental health, mounting evidence supports the contention that `more effective, fair, intelligent, and just legal responses must work from a perspective which is trauma-informed’ (Randall & Haskell, 2013).

This paper introduces the core principles of trauma-informed practice within the legal and justice sectors. The evidence base for widespread application of trauma-informed practice within and across the legal system and judiciary is presented, and the many benefits of implementation of trauma informed principles to legal practice are discussed.

By acknowledging and taking steps not to compound the unresolved trauma with which they are constantly confronted, legal and judicial systems will operate more effectively across a range of domains.


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