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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Law: Why Restorative Justice Must Understand Trauma and Psychological Coping


Melanie Randall


University of Western Ontario - Faculty of Law

Lori Haskell


University of Toronto - Department of Psychiatry

2013

(Fall 2013) The Dalhousie Law Journal 501.

Abstract:     
Along with the massive shifts and new knowledge generated in the fields of psychological trauma, the brain, and neuroscience, there is an expanding recognition that trauma informed approaches to working with people is an essential part of effective policy, practice, and institutional organization. As a powerful institution in society, law in general and the criminal justice system specifically, regularly encounters and deals with people, both as victims and offenders, whose lives have been shaped and harmed by traumatic events. In this paper we explain the benefits of taking a trauma informed approach to law and outline its consonance with restorative legal approaches. More effective, fair, intelligent and perhaps most importantly, more just legal responses must keep abreast of developments in the field, and work from a perspective which is trauma informed. This can only lead to more humane, sophisticated and effective justice interventions into people’s lives.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: law and psychology, trauma, trauma informed legal responses, restorative justice


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Date posted: April 16, 2014  

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Randall, Melanie and Haskell, Lori, Trauma-Informed Approaches to Law: Why Restorative Justice Must Understand Trauma and Psychological Coping (2013). (Fall 2013) The Dalhousie Law Journal 501.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2424597

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Melanie Randall (Contact Author)
University of Western Ontario - Faculty of Law ( email )
London, Ontario N6A 3K7 N6A 3K7
Canada
Lori Haskell
University of Toronto - Department of Psychiatry ( email )
Toronto
Canada
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