Victim-Centered and Trauma-Informed
At Dignity Health, we believe that a victim-centered, trauma-informed approach should be practiced in all health care encounters, including and especially with patients who have experienced a crime like human trafficking. As such, Dignity Health has created internal educational modules and victim response procedures that emphasize the importance of victim-centered and trauma-informed care. These modules are provided to staff in person and/or as interactive modules online.
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Interested in learning more about victim-centered, trauma-informed care? Please read chapter two of the Springer publication Human Trafficking is a Public Health Issue. Chapter two, titled “Sex Trafficked and Missed,” is co-authored by Holly Austin Gibbs and sex trafficking survivor, Wendy Barnes. This chapter presents a survivor's case study that demonstrates how health care professionals miss opportunities to identify and respond appropriately to trafficked persons. It also describes key elements to basic and extended education for health care staff, including victim-centered, trauma-informed care.
To support these efforts, please consider a donation to Dignity Health Foundation today. For additional information and for information regarding on-site education and consulting services, please contact Cathy Ng, Executive Assistant.