This report is intended to offer a description of a trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion approach with examples of how some states are beginning to address and implement trauma-informed systems of care for youth and their families. It begins with a discussion of trauma and its effects on youth, especially those with behavioral health conditions. This is followed by a discussion of the types of trauma-related disorders, the behavioral manifestations of trauma that youth may display, and a summary of factors that affect the severity of trauma-related disorders. The report then describes nine key elements of a trauma-informed approach within the context of juvenile justice diversion. Case examples are included from each of the states participating in the 2014-15 Policy Academy–Action Network Initiative.
he report analyzes the grant program.
The Victims Behind Bars project, undertaken during a four-month period in the fall/winter of 2013, involved four steps:  Identifying and interviewing jurisdictional participants,  conducting non-site multi-disciplinary meeting,  following up with participants and field experts, and  analyzing current practices and barriers to responding to sexual abuse in confinement and developing strategies for promising practices for responding to sexual abuse in confinement across the criminal justice continuum.
AEquitas wrote this report detailing the development of the Victims Behind Bars project with the goal of clearly identifying barriers and solutions that could be applied to this jurisdiction and others across the country.