A number of studies have identified the serious and often complex mental health needs of victims of human trafficking. Victims of human trafficking have often experienced, witnessed, or [been] confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others and their response to these events frequently involves intense fear, helplessness, or horror. While there is some evidence that preexisting conditions related to social supports, history, childhood experiences, personality variables, and preexisting medical disorders can factor in the diagnosis of PTSD, exposure to trauma is the most important feature in the development of PTSD. An official diagnosis requires that symptoms be present for more than 1 month, before which a differential diagnosis of acute stress disorder may be made APA,
Chapter 12: Identifying Trafficking Victims in Healthcare Settings
What Are the Needs of Victims of Human Trafficking? | ASPE
Over and over, Kaitlyn rubs a sanding block up and down a piece of birch that was once the back of a chair, scouring away its faded varnish and imperfections. With strawberry blonde hair corralled into a ponytail, she looks like a high schooler. Once a week, Kaitlyn, 21, turns up for an art therapy class at the Florida Dream Center, a Pinellas County group that helps victims of human trafficking. For two hours, volunteers shower her with encouragement and hugs. Then she heads back out into the night.
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
As I have spoken of in earlier posts, the tragic lives that women and young girls face today is not okay. Taking a look at the emotional trauma, not just physical, will be a great step into understanding more, educating ourselves, and making a change with the wisdom that we have. My focus today will be on mental health treatments for victims of human trafficking, especially in regards to post-traumatic stress.
Early in our development of CARE, Jo and I were visiting various places, learning as much as we could about the area of trauma. We were learning so much, and it was often painful information. Here is a sampling of those facts:.