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Trauma-informed practice - MARAM Animation Video Series

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This video was produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, and we wish to acknowledge them as Traditional Owners.

We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present and Aboriginal Elders of other communities viewing this video.]

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[On-screen text: Trauma informed practice.]

V/O: Trauma informed practice.

V/O: Trauma is the experience and effects of overwhelming stress.

It is often the result of a survival response to threats.

[On-screen text: trauma, experience and effects of overwhelming stress]

V/O: Trauma can be caused by many different events outside a person’s control, such as systemic or interpersonal violence, …

..neglect or abuse..

..and historical or intergenerational trauma.

V/O: Everyone responds to trauma in different ways.

V/O: For some, the effects of trauma can subside over time or once they are safe.

V/O: For others, it can have lasting adverse effects on their mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual wellbeing.

[On-screen text: Signs of trauma]

V/O: Signs of trauma for adult and child victim survivors can include:




Social and financial..

And in a person’s demeanour or behaviour.

[On-screen text: Physical; bruises, cuts, fractures

Psychological; anxiety, self-harm

Emotional; fear, numbness, emotional dysregulation

Social/financial; financial debt, isolation, lack of interest in social activities

Demeanour/behaviour; unconvincing explanation for injuries

See MARAM Victim Survivor Practice Guides – Responsibility 2, Appendix 1 Observable signs of trauma that indicate family violence.]

V/O: As practitioners you will need to know the observable signs of trauma that may indicate family violence in adult, children, and young people victim survivors.

V/O: You should establish a trauma and violence-informed approach in your work.

V/O: Unless it is part of your professional role, this does not require you to treat the symptoms or conditions of trauma.

Instead, it requires you to be sensitive to the impacts of trauma the victim survivor may be experiencing.

[On-screen text: Examples]

V/O: Here are some examples of trauma and violence-informed responses:

Avoid re-traumatisation in your engagement;

Provide a space where people can feel safe, whatever that may mean in your work context;

Build trust;

Model respectful relationships;

Support a person’s individual strengths and help them make choices to increase their own safety.

[On-screen text: Avoid re-traumatisation, Provide a safe space, Build trust, Model respectful relationships, Support a person’s individual strengths, Help them make safe choices to increase safety]

V/O: For further information, please refer to the Foundation Knowledge Guide, and MARAM Practice Guides.

[On-screen text: For further information MARAM practice guides and resources | Victorian Government (]

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[Logo: Victoria State Government]

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