Sunday, December 21, 2014
Breaking the Cycle of Violence
Violence is taking a toll on the health of our country. Major events, like school shootings, bomb attacks and allegations of unnecessary police brutality, captivate our attention. But violence occurs every day — sometimes in public, but more often in private between people who know each other.
Violence comes in many forms — physical, sexual, emotional and psychological — and among families, gangs, elders, youth and spouses or domestic partners. Of course, the effects are devastating. Victims of violence may experience not only physical injury but also post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, difficulties in school, and problems with substance abuse and delinquency.