TRAUMA-INFORMED DESIGN RATIONALE
Trauma-informed design is about integrating the principles of trauma-informed care into design with the goal of creating physical spaces that promote safety, well-being and healing. This requires realizing how the physical environment affects identity, worth and dignity, and how it promotes empowerment.
Science tells us that built space can have a positive impact on our physiological and emotional state. And there is great opportunity to heal with intentional, trauma-informed design by integrating direct experiences of nature- water features, greenscapes, natural light, etc. and specific color selections, wall and furniture placement, textures, and clear wayfinding.
IT IS AMONG US
The trauma of sexual assault and all its forms is among us. It deserves our immediate attention and a strong and sensitive response. The pain and consequences of it unfold differently for each person. Ultimately, Trauma-Informed Design helps to ensure that the built environment is a healing space and does not re-traumatize.
HEALING IS AMONG US
Fortunately, healing is among us. For years, Avalon has been exemplary in utilizing the principles of Trauma-Informed Care. Its new facility must mirror that in design. Trauma-Informed Design is the practice of integrating these principles in the design space. This helps to ensure that users of the space encounter a healing space aimed at not re-traumatizing survivors.