Trauma Informed Care

Hope. Healing. Empowerment.

Trauma Informed Care

Hope. Healing. Empowerment.

What is trauma?

Trauma is the emotional response when an injury overwhelms us. The injury could be physical, sexual or emotional. Some of the most common traumatic events include:

  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault, including childhood sexual abuse
  • Verbal assault
  • Being threatened with physical or sexual assault
  • Witnessing violence against others
  • Long-term neglect in childhood


Trauma-Informed Care is a practice which works off of your strengths. Our staff understands the effect trauma has on a person and how it affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. At Hope & Healing, we create a space for survivors to gain confidence and a sense of control by empowering you to overcome obstacle while making your own decisions along your journey.

How can trauma affect your body?

  • You may feel as if you were reliving the traumatic experience (these flashbacks can include seeing images, hearing voices or sounds, smelling odors, as well unexplained tastes and physical etc.)
  • You may have trouble sleeping or have nightmares
  • You may feel exhausted
  • You may have physical complaints (ex: headaches, nausea, stomach aches, pelvic pain, stomach/ digestive problems)

How can trauma affect the way you behave?

  • Inflicting self-injury (ex: cutting, burning)
  • Alcohol and drug misuse
  • Difficulty maintaining close relationships
  • Not knowing how to trust others
  • Not knowing how to set boundaries
  • Trouble with intimacy

How can trauma affect the way you feel?

Everyone reacts differently to trauma. You may experience some or all of the following:

  • Too much emotion
  • Feeling numb
  • Depression
  • Feeling hopeless, helpless, worthless
  • Shame
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety, panic attacks
  • Stomach aches, pelvic pain, stomach/ digestive problems)

How can trauma affect the way you think?

  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Thoughts that get in the way of daily activities
  • Memory problems

Are you experiencing crisis?

If you are experiencing crisis please call the Rape Crisis Center Hotline or Battered Women’s Shelter Hotline. We have advocates available 24 hours a day.

If you would like to know more about Crisis Intervention and how we might support you please visit the BWS or RCC service pages.



Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00


All of our services are free and confidential and/or anonymous.

Interpreters and translation can be provided free of charge for all of our services.

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