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VIOLENCE PREVENTION

Stop violence imageWhile violence can occur anywhere, it disproportionately affects communities of color in Boston, where the homicide rate for young black males is more than 32 times the rate for young white males.

Boston is fortunate, however, to have a tremendous group of partners that are committed to preventing and addressing the root causes of violence through a public health approach. Our law enforcement officials understand that we cannot merely arrest our way out of violence. Our healthcare community understands the need to provide strong trauma support services to victims. Our schools understand the value of teaching children skills that foster social emotional wellness. Community-based organizations understand how they contribute to building trust and cohesion in our neighborhoods. And most importantly, our residents are eager to engage in every aspect of building peace in the City of Boston.

Ending the cycle of violence begins with supporting our children and families and working with them to change the social norms associated with violence. To​ that end, the Boston Public Health Commission has developed a continuum of effective violence prevention strategies that engage different stakeholders within Boston in a way that fosters collaboration.

Our approach is grounded in the following principles: 
  • Supporting parents
  • Reducing children’s exposure to violence
  • Teaching children about peaceful conflict resolution
  • Creating positive opportunities for teens
  • Addressing domestic and sexual violence
  • Engaging residents in violence prevention, and intervening with at-risk youth and families.

​Boston Trauma Services: Community Recommendations 

Background
This report illustrates the results of 14 community listening sessions held by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) Division of Violence Prevention in Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, and East Boston, in which over 300 community members shared what the individual and community needs are following a traumatic event.



*Both English and ​Español reports are also displayed below. 


1. Coordination between Agencies
Up to 2 weeks following incident:
  • System of coordination between city agencies and community based organizations
2 weeks – 1 month following incident:
  • System of ongoing communication and follow-up among service providers
  • Ongoing follow-up coordination to connect or reconnect impacted parties to additional support needs
1 Month and beyond following incident:
  • Ongoing communication between providers about shared service needs of clients

2. Community Engagement
Up to 2 weeks following incident:
  • Broad engagement of all residents.
  • Accurate information sharing with community residents about events including safety details and available support services. (i.e. neighborhood flyering, community meetings, text alerts)
  • Opportunities for community organizing and advocacy 
2 weeks – 1 month following incident:
  • Continued information sharing about safety and service supports
  • Opportunities to celebrate family and community (i.e. family nights, community BBQ)
1 Month and beyond following incident:
  • Ongoing communication about status of investigation
  • Opportunities to celebrate family and community (i.e. family nights, community BBQ)
3. Individual and Family Services
Up to 2 weeks following incident:
  • Rapid connection to basic needs, resource navigation, and safety assessments (i.e. food, financial support, housing, legal advocacy)
  • Connection to short-term behavioral health interventions and case management for individuals and families
  • Include both professional and peer/community support
  • Be mindful of immigration status. 
2 weeks – 1 month following incident:
  • Ongoing follow-up with individuals and families about the status of basic needs
  • Short-term behavioral health support for individuals and families impacted
1 Month and beyond following incident:
  • Assure continuation of established services and assess new needs as they emerge
  • Long-term behavioral health care for individuals and families
  • Support for families during challenging times, such as holidays and anniversaries of loved ones’ passing
4. Community Support
Up to 1 month following incident:
  • Support capacity of trusted individuals and organizations 
  • Provide emotional support at community events
  • Refer impacted residents to support services
  • Conduct peer support groups as requested/needed 
  • Provide consultation/education to impacted agencies
1 Month and beyond following incident: 
  • Youth programming
  • Ongoing supportive parenting groups
  • Trauma-Informed training and education for police, support staff, youth workers and teachers to build skills in identifying and responding supportively to families.

Considerations for Programming
  • All services should always come from culturally sensitive and trusted sources in the community
  • Systems for follow-up must be included at all levels of response
  • Opportunities for relationship building among agencies must exist during all phases of care
  • Accurate and real-time information and communication is necessary for residents to feel safe and cared for by the City.
  • Policies and practices are needed to ensure all services are trauma-informed
  • Systems of accountability at each time-point and across all service agencies
Acknowledgments
We thank the following community partners for hosting listening sessions and focus groups: BCYF Tobin Community Center, Codman
Square Health Center and Black Box Theater, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Social Center, First Parish Church Dorchester, Boston Public Library-Mattapan Branch, Mildred Hailey Apartments, New Academy Homes, Operation Home Front, Orchard Gardens Estates, and Whittier Street Housing Development, Lewis D. Brown Peace Institute, and Madison Park High School.

 Questions? Comments?
Please contact Tegan Evans at tevans@bphc.org or 617.534.2382 




Servicios de Trauma de Boston: Recomendaciones de la Communidad

Comisión de Salud Pública de Boston, División de Prevención de la Violencia

Antecedentes (Background)
Este poster ilustra los resultados de 14 sesiones escuchando a la comunidad, organizada por la Comision de Salud Publica de Boston, División de Prevención de la Violencia, en Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain y East Boston, en las cuales mas de 300 miembros de la comunidad compartieron lo que los individuos y la comunidad necesitan luego de que un evento traumático suceda.

1. Coordinación entre las agencias
Hasta 2 semanas después del incidente:
  • Sistema de coordinación entre las agencias de la ciudad y las organizaciones comunitarias
De 2 semanas a 1 mes después de incidente
  • Sistema de comunicación continua y de seguimiento entre los proveedores de servicios
  • Coordinación permanente de seguimiento para conectar o reconectar las partes afectadas en caso de que estas necesiten apoyo adicional
Desde 1 mes y más allá después del incidente
  • Continua Comunicación entre las agencias sobre las necesidades de los clientes
  • Continuar la comunicación sobre como compartir los residentes de la comunidad entre los proveedores. ​
2. Participacion de la Comunidad
Hasta 2 semanas luego del incidente:
  • Participación amplia de todos los residentes
  • Compartir información exácta con los residentes de la comunidad sobre los eventos, incluyendo detalles sobre seguridad y servicios de apoyo disponibles. (ej: repartición de folletos, reuniones comunitarias, textos de alerta, etc.)
  • Oportunidades para la organización de la comunidad y su promoción
De 2 semanas a 1 mes luego del incidente
  • Continuar compartiendo información acerca de la seguridad y los servicios de apoyo
  • Oportunidades para celebrar a la familia y a la comunidad (ej: pases para películas, BBQs con la comunidad)
1 Mes y mas allá luego del incidente
  • Comunicación continua acerca del estado de la investigación
  • Oportunidades para celebrar a la familia y a la comunidad (ej: pases para películas, BBQs con la comunidad)
3. Servicios Individuales y Familiares
Hasta 2 Semanas luego del incidente:
  • Conexión rápida de las necesidades básicas, recursos de navegación y evaluaciones de seguridad (ej: alimentos, soporte financiero, vivienda, defensa legal)
  • Conexión a corto plazo para intervenciones sobre el comportamiento de la salud y para el manejo de los casos a niveles individuales y familiares
  • Incluye ambos, apoyo profesional y comunitario
  • Estar conscientes del estado migratorio
De 2 semanasa1mes
  • Seguimiento continuo de individuos y familias sobre el estado de sus necesidades básicas
  • Apoyo a corto tiempo del comportamiento de la salud de los individuos y las familias afectadas
  • Apoyo a las familias durante tiempos difíciles, como días festivos y los aniversarios del fallecimiento seres queridos
Desde 1 mes y más allá después del incidente
  • Continuar servicios establecidos y evaluar nuevas necesidades
  • Cuidado de salud a largo plazo para familias e individuos Apoyar a familas durante aniversarios
4. Apoyo Comunitario
Hasta 1 mes después del incidente:
  • Capacidad de apoyo de personas y organizaciones de confianza
  • Proporcionar apoyo emocional a eventos comunitarios
  • Referir a los residentes afectados a servicios de apoyo Conducir grupos de apoyo entre compañeros conforme sean solicitado o necesarios
  • Ofrecer consultas a los organismos afectados 
De 1 mes en adelante luego del incidente
  • Programas para jóvenes
  • Continuar el apoyo para grupos de padres
  • Entrenamiento y educación informativa sobre trauma para policías, personal de apoyo, jóvenes trabajadores y maestros, para desarrollar habilidades para identificar y responderle solidariamente a las familias.
Consideraciones para la Programación
  • Todos los servicios siempre deben provenir de fuentes culturalmente sensitivas y confiables de la comunidad.
  • Un sistema de seguimiento debe ser incluido a todos los niveles de la asistencia
  • Oportunidades para desarrollar una relación entre las agencias debe existir durante todas las fases del cuidado
  • Información y comunicación exacta y en tiempo real para que los residentes se sientan seguros y cuidados por la ciudad
  • Políticas y practicas son necesarias para asegurarse de que todos los servicios están informados sobre trauma
  • Sistema de rendición de cuentas todo el tiempo y a través de todas las agencias de servicio
Agradecimientos
Agradecemos a los siguientes socios de la comunidad por su apoyo con los grupos de enfoque “escuchando a la comunidad: We thank the following community partners for hosting listening sessions and focus groups: BCYF Tobin Community Center, Codman Square Academy, Black Box Theater, East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, East Boston Social Center, First Parish Church Dorchester, Boston Public Library-Mattapan Branch, Mildred Hailey Apartments, New Academy Homes, Operation Home Front, Orchard Gardens Estates, and Whittier Street Housing Development, Lewis D. Brown Peace Institute, and Madison Park High School. 

Preguntas? Commentarios?
Please contact Tegan Evans at tevans@bphc.org or 617.534.2382
Los resultados son comentarios generales de las 14 sesiones “escuchando a la comunidad”

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