A new approach to restore hope following public violence

When a natural or technological disaster occurs, faith based and other voluntary groups follow established protocols and collaborate with local public safety officials to build community resilience. But when public violence occurs, there are no protocols to guide the community and no organized response. What we most often see today is misinformation, fragmentation of services, and recurring cycles of violence that are left unaddressed.

The Center for Public Violence Recovery proposes a new Whole Community solution to public violence. The new Public Violence Resilience Framework will help residents proactively transform public violence-induced fear into hope for their lives.

Local Public Violence Resilience Coalitions of faith-based and human services nonprofits, public health agencies, emergency management and local government agencies will implement the Framework with a goal of restoring healthy and resilient communities. When a community is prepared to care for itself following public violence and supported in its efforts, the psychosocial health of each individual can be positively impacted as well as overall community wellbeing.

CPVR will collaborate with partners to develop training materials, sponsor national and regional conferences and discuss how new roles and initiatives will improve community-based response to public violence. This Website will be expanded to facilitate the formation of related online communities to discuss issues, share best practices and related research, and explain the Framework.

Change is never easy. Faith leaders, communicators, human services nonprofits, trauma and public health professionals, public safety, emergency managers and educators will be needed to collaborate in pilot communities where components of the Framework are evaluated and revised. As pilot components are proven to be successful, new protocols and response roles will be established.

For more information about the Framework, contact the Center for Public Violence Recovery at (443) 399-3075 or send an email to: [email protected]

The Center for Public Violence Recovery is guided by a national advisory council and is a program of the Village Life Company, a 501(c)(3) organization that has researched and developed public violence resilience and disaster response programs in collaboration with mainstream religious organizations and educational institutions since 1996.