Trauma and violence are widespread, harmful and costly public health concerns. They have no boundaries with regard to age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Now and at all times
it is important to recognize and address
the traumatic impact of violence within the family:
One in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday.
Children who are sexually abused are at significantly greater risk later for post-traumatic stress, depression, suicide attempts, academic failure and substance use.
Left unaddressed, these issues can lead to significant disruptions in normal development and often have a lasting impact into adulthood.
WJCS’ Treatment Center for Trauma and Abuse – Westchester’s only multi-disciplinary trauma treatment center - has provided outstanding trauma treatment and community education for 34 years. Learn more about the Center’s Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program, Partner Abuse Intervention Program and other initiatives, and theJoe Torre Safe at Home Foundation’s Margaret’s Placeprogram administered by WJCS in schools throughout Westchester and designed to help children impacted by domestic violence and promote healthy relationships for all students.
WJCS – Our Commitment to Being a Trauma-Informed Agency
WJCS is in year two of a five-year initiative to train all agency staff about the impact of trauma on individuals. Trauma is the number one health problem in the US. Understanding more about trauma enhances the care provided by WJCS, strengthens our work with 20,000 Westchester residents annually through youth, mental health, disabilities, older-adult and home care services; and enlightens us as individuals, as a society and as an agency.
Utilizing agency expertise and guidelines from SAMHSA (the Federal Government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration), WJCS’ approach shifts away from the view of “What’s wrong with this person?” to a more holistic view of “What happened to this person?”
If you have any questions about these or any other WJCS programs, please contact Jan Fisher, Director of Public Affairs, at 914-848-8163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please help us ensure that children and adults in need of treatment, counseling and other support have access to the highest quality care and support.