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


ByPhil Willmot, Lawrence Jones

part I|77 pages

Trauma and Offending

chapter 1|17 pages

Childhood Maltreatment and Its Links to Offending

ByPhil Willmot

chapter 2|17 pages

Trauma, Violence, and Gender

ByPhil Willmot, Yasmin Siddall

chapter 3|25 pages

Trauma-Informed Risk Assessment and Intervention

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

chapter 4|16 pages

Trauma, Personality Disorder, and Offending

ByLouise Sainsbury

part II|72 pages

Vulnerable Groups

chapter 5|18 pages

From Care to Custody?

ByElizabeth Utting, Tamara Woodall

chapter 6|19 pages

Trauma and Intellectual Disability

ByEmma Longfellow, Rachel Hicks

chapter 7|17 pages

Deafness and Trauma

A Journey to Equitable Trauma-Informed Care
BySarah Todd

chapter 8|16 pages

Trauma and Offending in UK Military Veterans

ByJane Jones

part III|84 pages

Survival Responses

chapter 9|18 pages

“When You Have Got Like Twenty Thousand Thoughts in Your Head, that One Little Thing Can Just Make It All Go Away”

Trauma and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Forensic Settings
ByRachel Beryl, Jessica Lewis

chapter 10|14 pages

Trauma, Substance Use, and Offending

ByJohn Farnsworth

chapter 11|15 pages

Early Trauma, Psychosis, and Violent Offending

ByClaire Moore, Naomi Callender

chapter 12|19 pages

Trauma and Sexual Offending

Causal Mechanisms and Change Processes
ByLawrence Jones

chapter 13|16 pages

The Traumatic Impact of Violent Crime on Offenders

ByJennifer Pink, Nicola S. Gray

part IV|83 pages

Trauma-Responsive Treatment

chapter 14|16 pages

A Therapeutic Community Approach to Address Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Older Teenagers

ByKaren Parish, Peter Clarke

chapter 15|15 pages

Containing Distress

Working with Compassion in a Prison-Based Democratic Therapeutic Community
ByGeraldine Akerman, Nathan Joshua

chapter 16|18 pages

Addressing Trauma with Young Adult Males in Custody

Implementing a Stepped Care Trauma-Informed Approach in a Young Offenders Institution
ByKate Geraghty, Chantal Scaillet

chapter 17|18 pages

Trauma and the Experience of Imprisonment

ByKerensa Hocken, Jon Taylor, Jamie Walton

chapter 18|14 pages

Trauma-Informed Community Services

ByKaren Orpwood, Sue Ryan

part V|97 pages

Organisational Issues

chapter 19|15 pages

Developing Trauma-Informed Youth Justice Services

ByNicola Silvester

chapter 20|15 pages

Trauma-Informed Care in Secure Psychiatric Hospitals

ByFrank McGuire, Julie Carlisle, Fiona Clark

chapter 21|17 pages

The Impact on Staff of Trauma-Informed Work in Forensic Settings

ByMichelle Smith

chapter 22|16 pages

Trauma-Informed Care and Culture Change in an NHS Forensic Service

ByVictoria Hiett-Davies

chapter 23|17 pages

Trauma and Restorative Justice

ByEstelle Moore

chapter 24|15 pages

The Future of Trauma-Informed Forensic Practice

ByLawrence Jones, Phil Willmot