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Violence, Abuse and Disasters: Many Faces of Trauma Conference in Tampa Addresses Statewide Impact of Trauma

Governor Charlie Crist has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. News of this proclamation comes with startling statistics - the number of murders resulting from domestic violence increased 15 percent last year and more than 14,000 people were forced to seek shelter in domestic violence centers around the state.  As our economy suffers, violence within the home worsens. Florida has had a 25 percent increase in calls to the state’s abuse hotline. In December 2007, about 900 people called the hotline everyday. Now,  about 1,200 people are calling the hotline every day. Trauma from violence and abuse, as well as trauma from child physical and sexual abuse, disasters, and war affects more than just the individual. It affects the whole family and the communities they live in.

The Many Faces of Trauma Conference scheduled October 20 & 21 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tampa helped to promote further research and ensure trauma-informed policy and practice are adopted to increase the well-being of Florida’s citizens across the lifespan. Several key speakers will be at the conference to address information on trauma assessment, intervention/treatment and community and system responses to trauma:

The conference was sponsored by the University-Community Trauma Research Group, formed in 2006 by the USF Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute  to provide a forum to promote transdisciplinary approaches to prevention, intervention and research on trauma across the lifespan and to understand its biological, psychological and societal effects. To date, participants have looked at traumatic stress as a result of child physical and sexual abuse, interpersonal violence, disasters, and war. The conference is supported, in part, by the University of South Florida Internal Awards Program under Grant No. R011759.

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