The Centre for Mental Health have released a new resource, launched April 2019, on providing effective trauma-informed care for women (pdf).
The resource aims to give insights, guidance and advice for public sector service providers and commissioners who are looking to adopt gender-sensitive trauma-informed approaches in their own organisations.
Based on conversations with women who’ve experienced trauma, the report defines a trauma-informed service as one that:
- Listens to and values the stories of women with trauma
- Receives women and their stories with expert insight and empathy
- Responds to individuals holistically and individually, and crucially responds when they need a response (rather than, for example, putting them on a waiting list)
- Monitors and checks its work, making sure that listening, understanding and responding are taking place in a meaningful way.