Have You Registered Yet?

This year’s Healing Justice Alliance Annual Conference will bring together the top experts in the field of violence prevention under the theme of “Building a Community of Healers: Healing the Wounds of Violence and Injustice.” Learn more about the conference and register today!
We look forward to announcing the recipients of two new awards:

Frontline Worker Award – We’ll recognize the inaugural recipient of the Willis Young Memorial Award for outstanding work on the frontline of a hospital-based violence intervention program. 

Young Leader Scholarship – We’re providing scholarships to send three youth (ages 25 and under) affected by violence to the conference. 

We hope to see you there!
Beyond the Data: Telling Your Story

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET

In this session participants will learn how to strategically incorporate story elements to support advocates’ messages and frames. Story elements include visuals, sound or media bites, "authentic voices” or spokespeople who can deliver messages to specific targets, and social math, which helps bring visual context to data, statistics or trends. Register now >  

Communications Corner

Thursday, July 7 | 2:00 pm ET

Join BMSG and HJA partners for our monthly communications working group meeting. Talk to you then!

Conference Line: (866) 410-9424

Code:  510 204 9700#

Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Their Relationship to Community-Based Efforts to Address Violence
By Tyler Whittenberg
W. Haywood Burns Institute

Last month the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice, Fairness and Equity (BI) conducted a webinar for the Healing Violence Alliance, highlighting the causes and consequences of racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system and how these disparities relate to community-based efforts to address violence. If you missed it, you can download the webinar.
The BI offers a historical perspective on racism in the youth and adult justice systems, detailing how current policies exacerbate disparities created by the racist practices of our not-so-distant past.  Systemic barriers, such as the zero tolerance policies, the criminalization of age-appropriate behavior, and the disparate use of law enforcement resources make it more likely that people of color are disproportionately affected by the collateral consequences of incarceration. These consequences include disruptions in education, reduced income, loss of employment opportunities, separated families, housing evictions and other barriers that affect individuals, harm families and negatively impact community well-being. The individual, social and cultural trauma caused by mass incarceration and its collateral consequences are significant issues that system and community leaders must consider to effectively address the complex origins of community violence.
BI staff also outline their community-driven, data-informed approach to reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. The BI believes that successfully reducing disparities requires collaboration between system and community stakeholders. This collaboration must include substantial community involvement throughout the decision-making processes, full utilization of available community resources, and the development of new community-based interventions. Additionally, by emphasizing the ongoing use of quantitative and qualitative data during the decision-making process, advocates can make targeted improvements to policies that perpetuate existing disparities while avoiding many of the pitfalls associated with racial equity reform.

In addition to the BI webinar cited above, here are links to informational resources on working
collaboratively with communities of color to reduce racial and ethnic disparities:

Stemming the Rising Tide: Racial and ethnic disparities in youth incarceration and strategies for change -- This report highlights troubling trends in the incarceration of youth of color and offers several strategies for addressing the causes of racial inequities that promote restorative justice and overall well-being for youth of color.

What Happens When the Bargain of Civil Society is Breached? -- In many communities across this nation, children are expected to exhibit all of the characteristics of childhood—good and bad—as part of their normal adolescent development. However, in far too many communities of color, we have eliminated the space for children to exhibit age appropriate behavior by criminalizing their conduct through fear-based policies and practices. In this piece, BI founder, James Bell, discusses why we must apply a child well-being framework to young men of color.

A Shared Sentence: The devastating toll of parental incarceration on kids, families and communities -- “More than 5 million U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. But while states spend heavily on corrections, few resources exist to support those left behind. A Shared Sentence offers commonsense proposals to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience.”

Racial Equity Tools -- “Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.”

Racial Equity Toolkit -- “Racial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including policies, practices, programs, and budgets. It is both a product and a process. Use of a racial equity tool can help to develop strategies and actions that reduce racial inequities and improve success for all groups."
Gun Violence 'A Public Health Crisis,' American Medical Association Says
NPR | The Two-Way

Days after the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., the American Medical Association says it is adopting a policy calling gun violence in the U.S. "a public health crisis," and it says it will actively lobby Congress to overturn 20-year-old legislation blocking research on gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very research that would help us understand the problems associated with gun violence and determine how to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries," AMA President Steven Stack said in a statement.

The AMA, the largest physicians group in the U.S., says it has supported gun control since the 1980s, and as recently as 2013, the association called the uncontrolled ownership and use of firearms "a serious threat to public health" because "the weapons are one of the main causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and deaths."  Read more > 
In the News

Cure Violence Moves Up to 14th in Top 500 NGOs Ranking

Cure Violence ranks 14th in NGO Advisor's new 2016 report of the Top 500 NGOs in the world, one of the definitive international rankings of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The organization has been listed in the Top 20 ranking for three consecutive years, and this year's ranking is three places higher than in 2015. Other NGOs named to the Top 20 include Doctors Without Borders, Oxfam, Save the Children, Grameen Foundation and Mercy Corps. Read NGO Advisor's report on the work of Cure Violence

At Science of Trauma briefing on Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Heitkamp urges panelists to “keep preaching”
Aces Too High | Elizabeth Prewitt

Hospital ERs play vital role in reducing youth violence in urban communities
Medical Press | Laurel Thomas Gnagey

The Shooting Contagion: Looking at Violence as a Health Issue
AMA | Hal Conick

Education News: How Schools Are Helping Children Deal With Trauma And Stress
Parent Herald | Beatrice Walters

A Little HOPE, Inc.
Youth Bereavement Support Services Grants to organizations that provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children, teens and young adults who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or loved one, regardless of the circumstances of the death.

Deadline: Rolling
Amount: Varies
William T. Grant Foundation
Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines.

Deadline: July 6, 2016
Amount: $350,000

National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
Grants to support innovative investigator-initiated research with high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system.

Deadline: July 11, 2016
Amount: $50,000-$75,000
Trauma Informed Care Corner

By Joseph F. Foderaro, LCSW, Healing Hurt People
Drexel University Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, 

Violence interruption and intervention programs are increasingly challenged by the social, health, and cultural impact that new immigration trends are placing upon many communities, and especially communities offering refuge for displaced population.  Increasingly, the original ACEs study and even the “Philadelphia Urban” Expanded Ace’s study seem less than fully equipped to address the significant challenges, and traumatic histories that new arrivals from conflict and war-torn communities bring to their new homes. Studies show that individuals from war-torn countries carry extremely high rates of exposure to traumatizing events, which vary depending upon the areas where these individuals live and the types of conflict specific to that region.  

Exposure rates to torture, traumatic loss, combat violence and family loss only serve to heighten the vulnerability of these populations to the stresses inherent to the necessary adjustment required of displaced populations. Interventions with these survivors of recent and past violence must be culturally competent with appreciation noted of the harshness of past experiences which were endured even before those events which prompted the services of a VIP.  Access to language supports, and other culturally significant supports (e.g. faith-based, family-based) will be of immense help in addressing the needs of survivors of trauma and other forms of harsh and severe stress. 
Research Desk

Kramer-Kuhn AM, Farrell AD. The Promotive and Protective Effects of Family Factors in the Context of Peer and Community Risks for Aggression. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 2016;45(4):793-811.

This study examined protective influences of family factors in a group of aggressive and socially influential adolescents at the beginning of 6th grade. Researchers followed these students over 3 years. Family characteristics, such as family functioning, higher perceived parental support for nonviolence and lower parental support for fighting, exerted promotive effects that reduced levels of aggression over time.  Low parental support for fighting reduced risks associated with witnessing community violence, from the fall to the spring of sixth grade, but at low levels of risk only. These findings suggest that interventions targeting high-risk adolescents might benefit by enhancing both promotive and protective family factors.

Purtle J, Adams-Harris E, FrisbyB, Rich JA, Corbin TJ.  Gender Differences in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms among Participants of a Violence Intervention Program at a Pediatric Hospital: A Pilot Study. Fam Community Health. 2016;39(2):113-119.

In this study, the authors examined data from a single hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP) to assess gender differences in prevalence and type of post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms. Girls reported more PTS symptoms than boys (6.96 vs 5.21, P = .027), particularly hyperarousal symptoms (4.00 vs 2.82, P = .002) such as feeling upset by reminders of the event (88.9% vs 48.3%, P = .005). The authors conclude that gender-focused research is a priority for HVIPs.

Leith E, Hannon F, Potter S, Phillips R, Taylor C, Hann G. The burden of youth on youth violence in a paediatric emergency department. Archives of Diseases in Childhood. 2016;101:A169-170.

This paper, which involved members of the NNHVIP member site Oasis Youth Services, quantified the scale of youth-on-youth violence resulting in Emergency Department (ED) attendance and evaluated the number of young people who have access to youth worker services through an innovative partnership project between the local district general hospital, borough council (A) and local youth charity tackling youth-on-youth and gang related violence. Vulnerable young people, under the age of 18, are identified and offered dedicated support from the youth worker team.  However, this has only been implemented for borough A and young people from the adjacent borough B have no such provision.  All ED attendances for young people aged 12–24 were identified from 11/9/14–5/12/14. These data were analyzed to compare attendances for borough A and B. Patients younger than 18, eligible for youth worker input, attending the ED secondary to youth-on-youth violence from 1/10/14 to 1/12/14 were identified.  52 patients were identified, with more than half in borough B, thus not having access to youth support. On presentation of this data, the local mayor ‘Policing and Crime Office’ have awarded a grant for the commissioning of a youth worker for borough B, enabling them to work 3 days a week to meet the needs of these vulnerable young people.

Michel Sj, Wang H, Selvarajah S, Canner JK, Murrill M, Chi A, Efron DT, Schneider EB.  Investigating the relationship between weather and violence in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Injury. 2016;47(1):272-276.

Kieltyka J, KucybalaK, Crandall M. Ecologic factors relating to firearm injuries and gun violence in Chicago. J Forensic Legal Medicine. 2016;37:87-90.

Two recent articles examined associations between ecological factors, including day of the week and weather, and violent injury in large US cities.  Both studies utilized police crime data to explore the associations between weather and crime and violence, including firearm injuries.  Both studies found an association between daily temperature and violence, such that as temperature increased, so too did the risk for violence-related injury.  Similarly, there was a decreased risk for violent injury on days where precipitation was recorded. Neither study observed associations between snow and violent injury.

This newsletter is funded in part through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Project # 2015-VF-GX-K025, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).

Copyright © 2016 Healing Justice Alliance, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp