“Traumatized people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: The past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves.” ― Bessel A. van der Kolk
We know that actually being “Trauma Informed” is very difficult so we, with some of our most valued partners, are creating an assessable toolkit that is well vetted by people in the field of criminal justice.
We are interested in cultivating a deeper understanding into
death investigation and fatality review.
We are working with national experts in death investigation and review in redefining and updating minimum standards of all unattended death investigations and fatality review.
We plan to access police reports and medical records 2019 unattended deaths (including: suicides, over-dose and SIDS/SUID) in two major cities, two mid-sized cities and, two small towns. We will ask: How many investigations met minimum standards? Does the possibility exist that many of these types of deaths are not properly investigated and/or misclassified?
Taking what we learn in 2020, we will assess fatality review boards to eventually release our findings to the nation.