According to the CDC, “Violence is widespread in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24.”
Violence stems from factors including poverty, poor family functioning, substance abuse, and - most significantly - a person’s prior history with violence.
Beyond the lost of lives, violence creates cyclical patterns that negatively impact the economic health of communities, and the post-traumatic distress on individuals living with violence makes healthy emotional management extremely difficult.
While prevention organizations mediate with those most likely to turn to violence, social development groups, mentors, teachers, and families can work together to teach both young and old to solve disputes in nonviolent ways.
Violence is a deeply-rooted problem, so approaches and strategies for its eradication must be diverse and can be controversial. However, sometimes the most nontraditional ideas can create the best possible outcomes.
Having a positive impact in a community takes all sorts of different forms. Through art, sports, the church or any other type of social organization, individuals and groups are working to heal their communities.
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