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Community Healing and Reconciliation

Joshua Kirven and George Jacinto

in Encyclopedia of Social Work

Published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press


Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780199975839 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1162

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Community healing and reconciliation have been a focus of many nations in response to civil war, genocide, and other conflicts. There have been increasing numbers of high-profile murders of African-American youths in the United States over the past 10 years. This article provides an overview of gun violence and its effects on African-American youths. Sanford, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio, experienced the murders of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, and the responses of the cities will be highlighted. The two cities provide potential models by communities to address historical injustices in the aftermath of high-profile fatal black male tragedies.

Keywords: youth violence; community safety; black males; injustice; social attachment; prevention; community engagement; police relations

Article.  11144 words. 

Subjects: Direct Practice and Clinical Social Work ; Human Behaviour and the Social Environment ; Mental and Behavioural Health

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