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Types of Trauma

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Types of Trauma

These articles describe common traumas, their prevalence and potential impact on survivors, while also addressing treatment implications.

War and Military

Disaster and Terrorism

Sexual Trauma

  • Sexual Trauma: Information for Women's Medical Providers
    Provides basic information for medical providers working with women who have a history of sexual trauma and includes suggestions on how to prevent distress in patients.
  • Sexual Assault Against Females
    Defines sexual assault against females and describes how often it occurs, characteristics of perpetrators, and common reactions.
  • Child Sexual Abuse
    Defines child sexual abuse and includes information about prevalence, effects, perpetrator characteristics and safety advice.

All Other

  • Community Violence
    Describes the effects of witnessing or experiencing community violence, such as riots, workplace assaults, or other widespread abuse. Includes treatment and prevention information.
  • Traumatic Stress and Motor Vehicle Accidents
    Reviews research on the relationship between motor vehicle accidents (MVA) and PTSD, including risk factors and specific MVA treatment considerations.

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