2020 had significant increase over 2019 in murders

youth violence
Youth violence is preventable

The New Your Times reported, “The United States experienced its biggest one-year increase on record in murders in 2020, according to new figures released Monday by the F.B.I., with some cities hitting record highs.”

I am sure that the pandemic had some effect on the US violence rate in 2020.  However, prevention and treatment of those at higher risk for violence is a solution-focused view of this problem.

Trauma-informed treatment can be very effective in reducing the potential risk of violence. Another solution-focused intervention based on research would be to ensure that child maltreatment is eliminated and that traumatized children get effective treatment which often includes family treatment.  It is important that children are properly cared for in homes where violence is a recurring event.  Additionally, many children in foster care have been maltreated. This is a population that needs effective trauma-informed care.



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I am a psychologist and I own 6 mental health clinics in Maryland, ESPSMD.com. We specialize in working with troubled youth and their families. I have written 2 books and 1 assessment about youth violence and I lecture internationally on bullying and youth and family violence. View all posts by drkathy

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