Trauma among justice-involved veterans

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This report examines the challenges faced by justice-involved veterans and their experience of trauma. Using 153 consecutive admissions to veteran-specific jail diversion programs in 2 states (Connecticut and Massachusetts), we present demographic, military history, behavioral health, and criminal history data on veterans in relationship to self-reports of trauma. Our results reveal a sample of veterans with a history of contact with the criminal justice system that have high reported rates of trauma, in particular, before the age of 18. Understanding the complex trauma history of justice-involved veterans is essential for providing appropriate and holistic treatment and informed policy responses.


Published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol 45(6), Dec, 2014. Special Issue: Research on Psychological Issues and Interventions for Military Personnel, Veterans, and Their Families. pp. 425-432.


Professional Psychology: Research and Practice