Global Perspectives on the Trauma of Hate-Based Violence

“The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), the leading global organization promoting the advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma, today released a briefing paper on the trauma of hate-based violence. A group of experts on the mental health of diverse populations that have experienced potential traumas associated with hate-based violence summarize the research that has been conducted in this area and provide recommendations for research, clinical practice and policy. Manifestations of prejudice and hate occur all over the world. Hate-based violence is a type of potentially traumatic stressor intended to instill fear and anxiety, inflict psychological damage, diminish a sense of belonging, exclude a group identified as “other,” and/or expunge a group from a community. Hate-based violence may include a continuum of behaviors that may have a pervasive negative impact on the health and mental health of victims.” Take a look at the full briefing paper here.