Toolkit on Court-Involved Youth and Exposure to Violence

Toolkit on Court-Involved Youth and Exposure to Violence

The toolkit features two NEW resources, and includes the following Safe Start Center products:

1.     Checklist and Resource Guide on Identifying Polyvictimization and Trauma among Court-Involved Children and Youth (for Attorneys and Other Legal Advocates) (NEW)

  • A checklist for juvenile defenders, children's attorneys, GAL attorneys, CASAs and other advocates to help identify both the types of violence exposure that a child has experienced, and past and current symptoms that a child is exhibiting related to victimization.
  • Includes a resource guide with links to free materials on numerous topics related to polyvictimization and trauma-informed advocacy.

2.     Polyvictimization Tip Sheet for Staff and Advocates in Agencies (NEW)

  • Provides tips for staff and advocates in child-serving agencies to properly recognize the prevalence and impacts of polyvictimization.

3.    Issue Brief 7: Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates:

  • Provides critical guidance to youth workers on reducing the impact exposure to violence has on youth and offers new information on the characteristics and impacts of multiple exposures to violence.

4.     Tips for Staff and Advocates Working with Children

  • Includes new information on the characteristics and impacts of multiple exposures to violence on youth, and the critical role youth workers can play in reducing the impact exposure to violence on youth.

5.     Tips for Child Welfare Staff

  • Provides information, tips, and resources for child welfare staff to effectively respond to the needs of children exposed to violence.

The National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence found that 60 percent of children surveyed had been exposed to violence. Researchers have labeled children who have experienced seven or more types of victimization as "polyvictims". For many of these children, this exposure can have both short and long-term effects. This toolkit is to aid legal professionals and advocates in helping children cope and heal.