Community responses to violence

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Community level efforts are effective in the reduction of violence. Community-level interventions have three goals: to prevent the escalation of risk for violence among the families in the community, to assist families at risk of or using violence, and to protect victims of abuse. To prevent violence or reduce its prevalence, community groups need to collaborate to reduce the community-level risk factors. Assisting families and protecting victims of violence requires coordination of community services, including law enforcement, schools, therapists, courts, child care, and social services. All of these goals can best be achieved through the efforts of a community level, multidisciplinary council or board that directs the programs. A community process to establish an integrated program involves several steps. The leaders that are identified need to represent all the disciplines and the entire geographic area involved in the project. Once the leaders start meeting, the baseline information and plan can be developed. Then the project itself can be undertaken, with the support of the media and other appropriate organizations. Several examples of effective projects document this process and its success; the best efforts involve coalitions of private and governmental agencies working together. Physicians are integral to this process. The practice of medicine provides opportunities every day to prevent and intervene in potential cases of abuse and violence. Also, by participating actively in the community, physicians can be effective leaders to change attitudes and behaviors and institute programs toward reducing violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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