Weekly News Roundup: Remembering One of America’s Peaceful Warriors

Scottish Expert on Violence Says Treat it Like a Disease (News Talk 980 CJME): In a presentation at a Canadian university this week, Director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, Karyn McClusky, says violence in Scotland is at a 37-year low because that country now views violence as a disease.

Long-Term Survival No Different Among Those Severely Injured by Violence Versus Accident, Study Finds (Health Canal): People seriously injured by violence are no more likely to die in the years after they are shot, stabbed or beaten than those who are seriously injured in accidents, Johns Hopkins researchers have found. The investigators say they hope their research will put to rest questions about whether it’s worth extraordinary medical effort to save those embedded in lives of violent crime.

Remembering Pete Seeger – The Peaceful Warrior (Cure Violence Blog): We remember iconic folk singer and activist Pete Seeger in our latest blog, and share how his music and actions served the same goal as ours–to dispel anger and defuse hostile intentions.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (The National Domestic Violence Hotline): February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month, a national effort to raise awareness about one of the many contagions on the spectrum of violence, and a common type of violence among American youth.

Preventing Youth Violence (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Don’t miss this CDC-sponsored webcast on Tuesday, February 18th at 1pm EST, exploring youth violence and approaches and partnerships being used to prevent it.

Stories from the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance (Safe States): The National Violent Death Reporting System releases a new, story-based report to provide a more complete understanding of violent deaths in the United States.

Zip Code Overrides DNA Code When It Comes to a Healthy Community (Health Affairs Grant Watch Blog): The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s recently released recommendations from its Commission to Build a Healthier America find the quality and length of your life to be more closely tied to your zip code—especially if you live in a community with a high rate of violence– than your DNA.

ProPublica Highlights the Public Health Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of: PTSD (Cure Violence Blog): Nonprofit investigative newsroom, ProPublica, shines a spotlight on PTSD this week, highlighting the need for public health leaders across the United States to proactively address the lasting psychological wounds of Americans who suffer traumatic physical wounds at the hands of their own community members

Treat the Crime Epidemic Like the Disease It Is (Jamaica Observer): In an op-ed, columnist, Henley Morgan explores the benefits of thinking of violence as a public health problem, referencing a recent presentation by our Founder Gary Slutkin in which he calls on Jamaica’s government to treat violence as a disease..

Gov. Awards Money to Reduce Gun Violence (WXXI News): Action for a Better Community (ABC) is one of seven organizations in New York to be awarded a grant to make communities safe. Modeled after the Cure Violence program, ABC plans to have the initiative up and running by the summer.