Recognizing and Breaking the Cycle of Trauma and Violence Among Resettled Refugees

Meilynn Shi, Anne Stey, Leah C. Tatebe*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of Review: The number of refugees across the globe continues to grow, leaving a large proportion of the global population in a vulnerable state of health. However, the number of robust clinical interventions has not kept apace. This paper provides a general review of literature on the trauma and violence that refugees face, the impact on health outcomes, and some of the promising models for clinical intervention. Recent Findings: Refugees experience a cycle of trauma, violence, and distress that begins before migration and continues during migration and after resettlement. It has been challenging to develop robust clinical interventions due to the cumulative and cyclic effects of trauma, as well as the unique experiences of trauma that each refugee community and each refugee individual faces. Summary: Trauma-informed care is a critical component of health care. Developing stronger guidelines for trauma-informed care will help clinicians better provide inclusive and equitable care for refugee patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-91
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Community partnerships
  • Refugees
  • Resiliency
  • Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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