Trauma is something more people have become familiar with over the past while. You see the word used in advertising, articles, people use it when trying to describe an event or feelings. As a general rule, being traumatized by an event and being victimized by an event are not the same thing. You can be a victim without being traumatized. Trauma is directly related to perception (among other things). For example; if a person feels like they were somehow responsible for what happened; like they should have been able to prevent it; that they should have seen it coming; or that they should have been able to protect themselves or others they are more likely to feel traumatized by what has occurred.
As a general rule, it can take up to 6 weeks (and in some cases longer) before your brain and body seem like they’re back to normal and functioning properly for a one time event.
On this resource page are a list of publications and links to provide you with information on trauma. Some of the links are to our own work and some are to other community groups. Since we are a Leeds & Grenville based organization, community links are mostly for organizations in that catchment area.
For further information about this topic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Victim Services Ontario
Blog posts on Trauma
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
Ministry Listing of Victim Services
Mental Health Crisis Line
Victim Support Line
211 Information on Trauma Resources
Homicide survivors, dealing with grief