Trauma can be defined as any event or events the person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others. Up to 43% of girls and boys have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Childhood trauma can be a result of all forms of abuse, neglect or witnessing violence. Families may experience historical and generational trauma as well as immigrant and refugee trauma. When parents have experienced trauma themselves, it affects their children.

A ConnectU workshop on trauma’s impact on children was held in the spring of 2015. The workshop focued on the trauma resulting from childhood life experiences including abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, and having family members who are incarcerated.