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July-August 2016   |   Volume 97, Number 4

Suffering Violence

Is Violence 'Senseless'? Not According to Science: Let's Make Sense of It and Treat It Like a Disease

By GARY SLUTKIN, MD

In many cities across the United States, we see a familiar scene unfold virtually every weekend — dozens of youth between the ages of 15 and 24, most of whom are black or Hispanic, are injured or killed in major cities including Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and Detroit. Outcries spread through neighborhoods and the nation; most are focused on the "senseless violence."

Mothers lose children daily to "senseless violence." Youth and adults are in prison, some for their entire lives, due to "senseless violence." But why do we believe violence is senseless? Is it because we believe that the people committing the violence are doing so for no reason? Do we think they have no sense? Or could it be that violence is occurring for reasons that make no sense to us? In other words, if we think of something as senseless, maybe we just don't understand it sufficiently.
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Violence: A Community Health Approach

By JOHN MORRISSEY

Violence permeates every corner of our society, from trauma within families to abuse of intimate partners to confrontations in schools and neighborhoods. The direct injury is usually evident, often graphic and sometimes sensationalized. But the siege mentality and health consequences stemming from violence experienced, witnessed or feared are wounds in their own right.
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Leaving Gangs Behind to Live Parables of Kinship

By MARY ANN STEINER

Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, can move an audience to tears. He doesn't get that result with the distressing accounts of individuals whose gang activities sank them to harrowing depths. He does it with simple descriptions of how some of those men and women manage to climb rungs of unconditional love to return to their rightful place in the eyes of God.
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Human Trafficking: Ministering to the 'Invisible' Victim

By COLLEEN SCANLON, RN, JD, and LAURA KRAUSA, MNM

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery — an insidious, criminal industry that generates billions of dollars in labor trafficking alone. It knows no boundary of continent, country, race or class; it is a shattering, impartial predator that robs individuals of their basic human dignity.
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Violence Is One Small Part of Childhood Trauma: So Why Do We Tend to Focus on It Alone

By JANE STEVENS

Many people and organizations focus on preventing violence with the belief that if our society can stop violence against children, then most childhood trauma will be eradicated. However, research that has emerged over the last 20 years clearly shows that focusing primarily on violence prevention — physical and sexual abuse, in particular — doesn't eliminate the trauma that children experience, and it won't even prevent further violence.
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The Safe Haven Response To Child Abuse and Neglect

By ANGELA LISBURG, MS, RN, FNP-C

Imagine, for a moment, finding courage. Finding courage to tell someone about something happening to you; something bad, maybe something so terrible that you feel embarrassed and ashamed about it and are afraid no one will believe you. Maybe you believe that it's your fault. Maybe the person who did this to you threatened you and told you never to tell, and you are so frightened about what might happen next.
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Bullying Harms Victims and Perpetrators of All Ages

By DIANA ZUCKERMAN, PhD

Bullying used to be considered an unfortunate, inevitable rite of childhood, but researchers now tell us that bullying often occurs in conjunction with more serious aggressive and antisocial behavior. They conclude that bullying, therefore, should not be considered a normal and accepted part of growing up.
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Why a Trash-Strewn Lot Became a Soccer Field

By MICHAEL ROMANO

Five years ago, a coalition of community groups, government agencies and nonprofit organizations was struggling to reduce violent behavior and delinquency among underprivileged youths in a low-income suburban neighborhood about 15 miles north of Tacoma, Washington.
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Women Religious Unite to Eradicate Trafficking

By SR. ANNE VICTORY, HM, RN, MSN AND SR. ANN OESTREICH, IHM

The history of women's religious congregations is a history of addressing unmet needs. The founders and foundresses of our communities read the signs of their times and gathered women together to serve God and God's most vulnerable people.  
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Why Terrorists Use Female and Child Suicide Bombers

By FR. JOHN SAWICKI, CSSP, PhD

The Oct. 10, 2015, suicide bomber attack at the village of Baga Sola in Chad killed and wounded dozens. Amid a long litany of terrible attacks launched by the Islamist group Boko Haram, this one was notable not so much for its severity, but for its perpetrators: one male, two females and two child bombers.
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How Can Our Communities Move Ahead After Ferguson

By FRED ROTTNEK, MD, MAHCM

During Jesus' healing ministry, he addressed the diseases of his day, particularly the conditions that ostracized people, such as demon possession, paralysis, hemorrhage and blindness. This healing ministry is much of our focus in Catholic health care, as it should be. But Jesus addressed the deeper stories that surrounded the people he healed. 
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Media Violence Effects on Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

By CRAIG A. ANDERSON, MA, PhD

I killed my first Klingon in 1979. It took place in the computer center at Stanford University, where I was playing a new video game based on the Star Trek television series. I was an "early adopter" of the new technology of video games, and continued to be so for many years, first as a fan of this entertainment medium, and later as a researcher interested in the question of what environmental factors influence aggressive and violent behavior.
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Five Simple Strategies to Help Keep Things Cool

By ANN M. GARRIDO

The tensions of the wider world all too frequently erupt in our nation's emergency rooms in the form of gunshot wounds and domestic battery, gang brawls and road rage accidents. As health care professionals, you generally are called into action after things have taken a turn toward violence. Even as you suture and bandage and console frightened family members, I imagine you sigh: "Why did things have to go this far?"
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Features

Engaging Caregivers Through Mission and Values Review

By RACHEL LUCY, MA,  ROSANNE PONZETTI, MA, MHA, AND SR. KATHLEEN PRUITT, CSJP, MA, MSW

 

Mentoring to Help Prevent Physician Burnout

By MALCOLM B. HERRING, MD, RACHEL FORBES KAUFMAN, AND RICHARD BOGUE, PhD, FACHE

 

Prayer Service

Prayer for Nonviolence

By SR. PATRICIA TALONE, RSM, PHD

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