Fact Sheet on Recognizing Trauma

June 01, 2017

What is Trauma?

Trauma is a deeply distressing or disturbing experience that may overwhelm an individual’s ability to cope.

Potentially traumatic events may include:

  • Abuse (physical, sexual or emotional)
  • Neglect
  • Effects of poverty (homelessness, food insecurity)
  • Witnessing domestic violence/abuse
  • Separation from a loved one
  • War zone or refugee experience
  • Natural or man-made disaster

Fact Sheet on Recognizing Trauma from SCAN of Northern Virginia

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