Special Report: Violence Prevention

USA Today Profiles Violence Prevention as Urgent Health Priority

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Violence is an urgent public health problem; however, there are increasingly powerful solutions to prevent it and address its damaging effects. 

Far too many Americans have witnessed or experienced violence in their homes, schools or neighborhoods. Although violence can often appear to be an intractable problem, new programs and public health models are offering a new way on how to reduce violence and mitigate its impact.

RWJF recently co-sponsored a special section of USA Today focused on violence prevention and ways to help those exposed to violence break the cycle and overcome its damaging health effects. The special section included stories on toxic stress, domestic violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. RWJF leaders and grantees were featured throughout the section and shared the innovative ways that they are trying to reduce violence and build resilience in communities across the country.


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"We must intervene earlier

to help kids traumatized by violence and intensify efforts to prevent it from occurring at all."

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO, RWJF

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