The TINSOC project is a growing partnership of public and private agencies that have come together under the leadership of Echo Parenting & Education to develop Trauma-Informed Nonviolent Standards Of Care (TINSOC).

Scientific studies have shown that trauma has a lasting effect on our bodies and minds, often resulting in troubling trauma symptoms, unsafe coping strategies, as well as chronic health and social problems. Trauma-Informed Care transforms how we see trauma survivors: Instead of asking, “What’s wrong with you?” the question becomes, “What happened to you?” The goal of Trauma-Informed Care is to provide the physically and emotionally safe environment a trauma survivor needs to heal.

Echo Parenting & Education is dedicated to nonviolence in child raising, believing that breaking the cycle of intergenerational violence and trauma is the key to eradicating violence in our world. Research also shows that nonviolence in child raising (which pivots on creating a safe, stable relationship with a nurturing caregiver) not only builds resilience but is also the only way for a child to heal from trauma. Through the TINSOC project, we are raising awareness of the role of nonviolent child raising in the prevention of Adverse Childhood Experiences (or childhood trauma) – a facet of Trauma-Informed Care that is often overlooked.

Viewed through a lens of Trauma-Informed Care and nonviolent child raising, trauma becomes visible as the central, preventable factor behind a vast array of physical, mental and social problems. By creating Trauma Informed Nonviolent Standards Of Care, we can provide a tool to educate survivors and the people who care for them, increase safety, institutionalize practices that promote the healing for traumatized families, and most importantly, break the cycle of violence.

In June of 2013, the TINSOC collaborative led by Echo Parenting & Education completed a first draft of the Trauma Informed Nonviolent Standards of Care. Although this first draft was developed with the needs of domestic violence services (especially shelters) in mind, the project has attracted the attention of professionals from many different fields. In the next year, we look forward to further refining the standards to incorporate the knowledge and expertise these professionals bring, and to widening the application of TINSOC to any system that comes in contact with trauma survivors and their children.

For more information please contact Louise Godbold at 213-484-6676 or

> Trauma Informed Care Presentation Slides
> Gordon Hodas Article
> ACES site

Information from the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence / Thinking Shelter
> Shelter Rules Advocacy Toolkit
> The thinking shelter distance learning course
>Building Dignity: Design Strategies for Domestic Violence Shelter