Trauma-Informed Forensic Practice argues for placing trauma-informed practice and thinking at the heart of forensic services. It is written by forensic practitioners and service users from prison and forensic mental health, youth justice, and social care settings.

It provides a compassionate theoretical framework for understanding the links between trauma and offending. It also gives practical guidance on working with issues that are particularly associated with a history of trauma in forensic settings, such as self-harm and substance use, as well as on working with groups who are particularly vulnerable to trauma, such as those with intellectual disabilities and military veterans. Finally, it considers organisational aspects of delivering trauma-informed care, not just for service users but for the staff who work in challenging and dangerous forensic environments.

The book is the first of its kind to address such a broad range of issues and settings. It is aimed at forensic practitioners who wish to develop their own trauma-informed practice or trauma-responsive services. It also provides an accessible introduction to trauma-informed forensic practice for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

chapter |11 pages


part I|77 pages

Trauma and Offending

chapter 3|25 pages

Trauma-Informed Risk Assessment and Intervention

Understanding the Role of Triggering Contexts and Offence-Related Altered States of Consciousness (ORASC)

part II|72 pages

Vulnerable Groups

chapter 5|18 pages

From Care to Custody?

chapter 7|17 pages

Deafness and Trauma

A Journey to Equitable Trauma-Informed Care

part III|84 pages

Survival Responses

chapter 12|19 pages

Trauma and Sexual Offending

Causal Mechanisms and Change Processes

part IV|83 pages

Trauma-Responsive Treatment

chapter 15|15 pages

Containing Distress

Working with Compassion in a Prison-Based Democratic Therapeutic Community

chapter 16|18 pages

Addressing Trauma with Young Adult Males in Custody

Implementing a Stepped Care Trauma-Informed Approach in a Young Offenders Institution