Time to Treat Epidemic Violence As a Contagious Disease

Violence is the only major health epidemic not currently managed by health and public health methods. As a result, many areas throughout the world continue to experience unmanaged violence epidemics, including local epidemics of community violence, domestic violence, hate crimes, mass shootings, belief-inspired violence, violent recruitment and terrorism, group-on-group violence, violence between states and violence against oneself, or suicide.

gun violence: Young woman looking at phone with concern, worry.

We Can Change Our Culture of Gun Violence: Here’s How

Gun violence occurs in the U.S. more often than in any other nation not at war. It is clear that this is a crisis we own. The propensity to shoot one another in our homes, schools, workplaces or on the streets is not part of our DNA and not biologically inevitable. 

trauma: 3 men talk outside.

Youth Caught in Crosshairs of Cycles of Gun Violence. Is Anybody Listening?

Cassio Batteast, a community advocate in Jackson, recently sat down with 20 of the students in the local school district who were causing the most trouble.
Over weekly meetings, they gradually opened up to him.
“I learned that 10 of the 20 had fathers who had been murdered or fathers who had murdered someone. Half,” he said.