Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice

June 12, 2023

In her groundbreaking work, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence – from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, renowned psychiatrist Judith L. Herman fundamentally changed our understanding of trauma, tracing the course of recovery from trauma in three stages. In the decades since, she has contemplated a fourth and final stage of recovery: justice. In her new book, Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice, Herman seeks to answer the vital questions: How do we fix the system for survivors of sexual trauma? How do we repair the world for the survivors themselves – and for all women?

The Dart Center hosted a riveting conversation with luminary Judith Herman on trauma, truth and justice. Full event video is now available here:

Judith L. Herman, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.


Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide.