Violence is a serious public health problem. From infants to the elderly, violence affects people in all stages of life. Many more survive violence and suffer physical, mental, and/or emotional health problems throughout their lives.
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Elder Abuse
- Sexual Violence
- Youth Violence
- Intimate Partner Violence
These are just some of the issues we see at the Deaconess Regional Trauma Center. The increase in the incidents of gunshot wounds and stabbings is alarming. So what can we do?
Here are some ideas:
- Stop the violence before it begins
- Serve as a mentor, tutor or volunteer at a school or youth-serving organization to support the healthy development of all young people
- Praise good behavior and take immediate action to stop youth violence when it occurs
- Prevent minors from getting unsupervised access to firearms at home, from family, and from friends
- Build a connection with young people that allows them to feel comfortable discussing violence and related concerns
- Support law enforcement in the prevention of gangs and gang-related activity
- Know the risk factors – and work to reduce them
Don’t become a statistic! Practice safety habits!
Additional Information and Resources
Deaconess Cross Pointe
CDC Violence Prevention