Disrupting the Cycle of Violence: Using Trauma-informed Approaches to Build Lasting Peace

This paper makes the case for using trauma-informed mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) approaches in conflict prevention and response programming. It outlines the psychological mechanisms that are thought to link trauma to violence perpetration and explores different trauma-informed interventions that can contribute to disrupting these pathways.

This document aims to serve as a resource for USAID/Washington and Mission staff wishing to design programs, provide technical assistance, and equip implementing partners for effective conflict prevention and response. It may also be a helpful starting point for anyone with an interest in learning more about MHPSS research and programs.