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Community Violence

Neil B. Guterman and Muhammad Haj-Yahia

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.75

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Community violence represents a widespread concern receiving increasing attention by social workers. This article considers the problem of community violence and our present understanding of its extent and consequences. Evidence is growing that identifies risk and protective factors linked with community violence exposure, particularly those of a demographic nature. At present early evidence points to potentially helpful ameliorative and preventive strategies for social workers to consider at the micro and macro levels.

Keywords: violence; community; adolescence; trauma

Article.  3319 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Justice ; Human Behaviour and the Social Environment ; Social Work Macro Practice

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