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Preventing the Re-Traumatization of Individuals who are Arrested for Prostitution by Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in the Criminal Justice System

Leila A. Ostad-Hashemi

Title:
Preventing the Re-Traumatization of Individuals who are Arrested for Prostitution by Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in the Criminal Justice System
Author(s):
Ostad-Hashemi, Leila A.
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department(s):
Social Work
Volume:
8
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Book/Journal Title:
Columbia Social Work Review
Abstract:
Most literature suggests that at least half of those who engage in prostitution have a history of physical or sexual abuse. Individuals who have experienced trauma are constantly re-traumatized during their sex work. Standard procedures used in arrests of people engaging in prostitution can have profoundly triggering effects on individuals with histories of trauma. To reduce re-traumatization and promote rehabilitation, it is critical to create trauma-informed practices within law enforcement and the criminal justice system to better serve individuals arrested for prostitution. Specific trauma-informed training for law enforcement officers and legal counsel staff who work with people charged with prostitution can be created using components from several existing trauma-specific models which this paper will address in detail.
Subject(s):
Ex-prostitutes
Adult child sexual abuse victims
Psychic trauma
Criminal justice personnel--Training of
Evidence-based social work
Prostitutes--Rehabilitation
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Suggested Citation:
Leila A. Ostad-Hashemi, , Preventing the Re-Traumatization of Individuals who are Arrested for Prostitution by Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in the Criminal Justice System, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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