Blue Knot Foundation - training about trauma-informed practice for legal and justice personnel

Trauma and the Law:  Applying Trauma-Informed Practice to Legal and Judicial Contexts, The Victorian Law Institute Journal, 2016.


Melanie Randall & Lori Haskell,  “Trauma-informed Approaches to Law: Why Restorative Justice Must Understand Trauma and Psychological Coping” (2013) 36 Dal Law J, 500-533.

Lori Haskell & Melanie Randall, “Disrupted Attachments: A Social Context Complex Trauma Framework and the Lives of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada,” Journal of Aboriginal Health, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 48-99, November 2009.


Dr. Lori Haskell

"The Truth About Trauma," TVO Interview, October 2016.

"On the Front Lines of Unfounded," by Robyn Doolittle, The Globe & Mail, December 2017.

"Trauma prompts brain to focus on survival, not 'peripheral details'," by Lucas Powers, CBC News, February 2016.


Dr. Melanie Randall

The Right to Say No:  Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, co-edited with Jennifer Koshan and Patricia Mande Nyaundi. Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2017.

"Sexual Assault Law, Credibility, and ‘Ideal Victims’: Consent, Resistance and Victim Blaming," (2010) 22 Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 397.

“Judges need more education about sexual assault,” Op-Ed, Ottawa Citizen, March 22, 2017.


British Columbia Justice Summit:  Trauma-informed justice system responses - Coordination and information-sharing where family justice, criminal justice and child protection intersect

Canadian Bar Association:  Janice Mucalov, "Compassion Fatigue in the Legal Profession?"

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health:  Trauma-informed justice in Aboriginal populations, video (February 2017)

Connecting Ottawa:  Sounds Traumatic - Rethinking What Trauma Means for Legal and Social Work (May 2016)

Department of Justice - Victims of Crime Research Digest, Trauma- (and Violence-) Informed Approaches to Supporting Victims of Violence:  Policy and Practice Considerations

Manitoba Trauma Information and Education Centre, The Trauma Toolkit - A resource for services organizations and providers to deliver services that are trauma-informed


United Kingdom

Centre for the Study of Emotion & Law

King's College London, Trauma Studies

Psychology, Trauma and the Law  (workshop at the Word Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies and workshop at the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), "From Report to Court:  Psychology, Trauma and the Law" by Dr. Georgina Smith, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, The Haven Paddington and Dr. Sarah Heke, Director of the Institute of Psychotrauma


United States

Dr. Rebecca Campbell

Dr. Jim Hopper

Dr. Jennifer J. Freyd

Sarah Katz & Deeya Haldar, "The Pedagogy of Trauma-Informed Lawyering," Clinical Law Review (2016)

American Bar Association - Trauma-Informed Legal Representation

American Bar Association - Polyvictimization and Trauma-Informed Advocacy, Resources for lawyers engaged with child and adolescent legal issues.

ACEs Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study)

The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.  The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California receiving physical exams completed confidential surveys regarding their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.

Centre for Disease Control and Prevention - Division of Violence Prevention - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

ACEs Too High

News site reporting on research about trauma, including developments in epidemiology, neurobiology and the biomedical and epigenetic consequences of toxic stress.

Cure Violence

A non-profit organization stopping the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control - detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals and changing social norms, resulting in reductions of violence.

United States Department of Justice - The Importance of Understanding Trauma-Informed Care and Self-Care for Victim Service Providers

Equal Justice Initiative

A nonprofit organization providing legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners denied fair and just treatment in the legal system. Founded by Bryan Stevenson, author of the book "Just Mercy".

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy (TILA) Project- National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Centre with excellent resources and practical tips for using trauma-informed techniques to deal with cases involving domestic violence or mental health issues.


Some thought leaders and thought leading organizations on trauma (in alphabetical order)

David Berceli

Janina Fisher

Peter Levine

Gabor Mate

Pat Ogden

Babette Rothschild

Bessel van der Kolk

Mark Wolynn

Rachel Yehuda

The Breathe Network

The Trauma Project

The Trauma Therapist Project