Very simply, when we are exposed to a life-threatening event that is out of our usual experience, we are likely to experience trauma. Our beliefs about safety may be shaken….our reactions may feel strange and “not like us”. Something has happened to us and while these reactions may be disturbing we want you to know they are normal.
Trauma is at the core of a crime victim/survivor’s experience. Impacting that experience in a unique and innovative way is at the core of CTSS programs.
CTSS is committed to filling gaps in service for victims and survivors by:
- Expanding the definition of victims to include victims of both reported and unreported crime
- Providing service regardless of the type of crime
- Extending the current commitment of “trauma-informed care” to include crime survivors themselves in obtaining education and skills to address the impact of trauma
- Providing trauma support services that are victim/survivor based rather than offender-focused
- Offering services without any time restriction related to when the crime was committed
- Recognizing family members, community members and service providers who are impacted by supporting and serving victims of crime
While we are engaged in outreach and trauma support/advocacy, our primary focus is :
- Education and Training
- Victim-Centered Offender-Sensitive Facilitated Dialogue
We make referrals to practitioners of other healing support services, such as:
- Treatment/Therapy/Sessions with a Mental Health Professional
- Bodywork – Massage/Reiki
- Physical Exercise – Yoga