Insights on Preventing Violence

Interesting Idea
“Every city suffering from high rates of violent crime should have a permanent unit dedicated to violence reduction operating inside the mayor’s office,” reported the  Council on Criminal Justice’s Violent Crime Working Group (The Trace (http://thetrace.org).
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Violence Prevention
The cost of gun violence in the US is nearly $3B and the human suffering from gun violence is extremely high. Violence prevention is one of the major keys to reducing and stopping the tragedy of gun violence in the US.  Examining what works in violence prevention can bolster such efforts.
Violence prevention programs are now being paid for by Medicaid in some states (http://thetrace.org).  This is a great idea on several levels. Many youth that commit violence have also experienced childhood trauma (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/index.html) which is also associated with anxiety, depression, and trauma disorders.  These mental health issues come under the purview of Medicaid and treatment can be funded in part by that agency. Treating trauma, depression, and anxiety which may underlie some youthful aggression can be a very valuable and effective prevention strategy.
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Holding Parents Accountable for the Violent Acts of their Children
Research has shown that there is a strong relationship between youthful violence and prior or co-occurring domestic violence and maltreatment of children by their parents. In that regard, the parents of one teen are being held on manslaughter charges in relation to the gun violence of their son.
This will soon become an active topic of discussion. If parents do not take safety precautions with their guns, should they be held responsible for the misuse of household guns?

By drkathy

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.

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