DV/IPV Sexual Assault

Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors’ Responses

Several folks have posted this video from the UK on the neurobiology of trauma that I thought would be of interest to FHO readers. While there are a few things in it that differ from how we discuss the issues in the US, overall, it’s a well-done video that could be useful as a teaching tool on this topic (and they give permission to use it for just such a purpose, which is helpful). Click through to view:

Trauma and the Brain: Understanding abuse survivors responses from NHS Lanarkshire on Vimeo.

The video is meant for a multidisciplinary audience, so it would be appropriate for a SART or MDT meeting. Clicking here will allow you to download the video.

{BTW, extra points for the awesome Scottish accents in this video.}

2 replies on “Trauma and the Brain: Understanding Abuse Survivors’ Responses”

Hi, we are the originators of this animation and just wanted to say how delighted we are that it’s been picked up and shared across the globe! The Scottish accents – so carefully chosen to be useful from East to West in our small country because of local variations – might indeed require a wee bit of intense concentration for some, but we are happy to provide a script if that helps.

We produced this to spread the basic message that trauma isn’t a weakness, or an excuse and to help professionals frame these issues when assessing on cases. We would be really keen to hear any feedback from colleagues abroad on how you might use this tool.

Finally, we are about to start creating a new animation on childhood sexual abuse, which we hope will also offer insight and help survivors be supported more appropriately.

Ann Hayne
Gender-Based Violence Manager
NHS Lanarkshire


Thanks so much for checking in here. I would love to see your next animation, so do let us know when it’s available. And while the accents do require more concentration, they’re certainly no barrier. I look forward to seeing more from your agency!



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