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There has been an increased focus on the impact of trauma and the role that trauma, particularly when experienced in early childhood, has on social, emotional, and physical health. As part of the increased effort to bring awareness and understanding to the work of trauma-informed care, the Family and Children’s Trust Fund (FACT) of Virginia will make trauma and trauma-informed care the focus of this issue brief. However, given the complexity of the topic and FACT’s focus on family violence across the lifespan, this next brief will be presented as a series.

This first issue provides an overview of the topic and sets the context. The second will focus on childhood trauma, followed by a focus on adult and elder trauma and a wrap-up in the final brief. Each addition in this series will discuss the ways in which trauma may be experienced at different points in the lifespan, how trauma may impact the individual, what some possible social, emotional or physical impacts may be, and some promising interventions and resources.

As the reader, we hope you will take away an increased understanding and awareness of the topic, as well as, increased knowledge about a variety of promising practices being implemented here in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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