Understand the linkages between trauma and homelessness, including sexual, psychological, or physical abuse.
Homelessness is traumatic. People experiencing homelessness often live with a multitude of personal challenges such as the sudden loss of a home or adjusting to conditions of shelter life. Some such people, particularly women, may have histories of trauma, including sexual, psychological, or physical abuse. Within the larger society, people experiencing homelessness often are marginalized, isolated, and discriminated against. Additionally, they are highly vulnerable to violence and victimization. Given these concerns, it is important to understand the linkages between trauma and homelessness and the impact to ensure quality care.
Find more information on the impact of trauma:
- Dealing with the Effects of Trauma: A Self-Help Guide – 2002
- Housing First Pilot Helps Domestic Violence Survivors – 2015
- Reducing Toxic Stress in Childhood – 2015
- SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach – 2014
- Trauma’s Impact on Men Experiencing Homelessness – 2015
Learn more about trauma and violence and the impact to society as a behavioral health concern. Access SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint (NCTIC) for information on trauma-informed care.