About Violence

Violence is a serious and large problem in the United States and in the world. From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life. Over 25,000 people lost their lives to violence in 2009 in the United States.

The number of violent deaths tells only part of the story. Many more people survive violence and are left with permanent traumatic emotional and physical scars. Violence erodes our communities by increasing drop-out rates in schools, tearing families apart and creating an environment devoid of compassion and kindness.

Violence is in fact preventable, but its prevention requires an investment of resources, people, leadership and long-term commitment, generation after generation. Violence has many dimensions and root causes and no single program can address the magnitude or all the causes of the problem. It is a complex issue that requires a comprehensive solution and participation from multiple sectors and stakeholders. An approach to violence prevention which builds on a combination of community and systemic action along with a focus on family and individuals resiliency is necessary.

We are committed to trying to stop violence before it begins.