Best Practice #1: KNOW THE SIGNS… BE SUPPORTIVE
Identifying, helping, and supporting survivors of community violence
Early exposure to violence can make it more likely that someone will be a victim or perpetrator of violence in the future.
Exposure for youth can lead to many social, emotional, behavioral and cognitive problems.
- Helpers should know and understand the signs of someone who is struggling with trauma.
- There are effective tools for identifying and helping youth and families who have been affected by violence and trauma.
For these reasons, it is important to:
What YOU can do:
- Utilize trauma screening and assessment tools
- Learn about the services available in your community, help to spread the word about what resources are available
- Connect youth and families to services (counseling,
life skills, support groups)
- Share your experiences and explain how support helped you