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Trauma Response and Recovery

Increased handgun and other community violence has a significant effect on the health of our city and disproportionately affects the health of people of color in Boston, particularly that of Black and Latino residents. Interrupting the cycle of violence is an important public health effort. In response to the input of medical and other community partners, the Boston Public Health Commission formed the Trauma Response and Recovery Program to provide services to victims of violence, their families and communities to cope with trauma and increase community awareness of the effects of trauma and resources to address it.


Neighborhood Trauma Teams

Trauma Resource Directory
The Trauma Response Resource Directory​ provides a single, regularly updated source of information for residents and advocates seeking violence and trauma-related services. We believe that improving access to services for victims of violence and trauma will improve their quality of life and also decrease the potential for violence for the individuals, families and communities of Boston.

If you would like to update current information on the Trauma Response Resource Directory or add a listing please contact the with the following information:

  • Organization
  • Contact Information: Address, Referral Name, Phone, Email, Website, Hotline/On-Call#, etc.
  • Program Overview: Populations Served - age, gender, ethnicity, race, etc., Languages Spoken, Staffing, etc.
  • Hours, Eligibility, Backup Coverage, Capacity, Neighborhoods Served

The Boston Public Health Commission reserves all editorial rights and the final selection of information to be listed on the directory is at the discretion of the Commission.

Trauma Project

All of us go through difficult times in our lives. An injury or the death of a loved one can cause grief and sadness.

But there are cases when a sad event can become a traumatic one. Trauma is when the sad event is unusually frightening or threatening - either because it is unexpected or because it is very violent. For instance, the death of a child or a string of violent events in a neighborhood can be traumatic not only for those directly involved but many others as well. Trauma can cause great distress and disruption to your everyday life.

Resources are available through the Trauma Project to help residents cope with traumatic events and get the care they need. Brochures for children and adults are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese.




Tips for Managing Behavioral Health Issues After a Disaster

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