Trauma is a common experience for individuals who have been trafficked. As discussed in our resources, Trauma and Trauma bonding, trauma can have a significant and long-lasting impact on an individual physically, emotionally and psychologically.
An individual's behaviour may be shaped by trauma as a result of their natural impulse to survive and their ability to cope. Even when the individual has exited, these behaviours may continue.
For this reason, and as promising practices from the industry advise, Covenant House has chosen to ground our model of care in a trauma-informed approach. By ensuring staff can provide trauma-informed care, we are taking the right step towards helping to offer and teach new skills.