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Strong neighborhood ties can help reduce gun violence

December 31, 2014

Yale News

December 19, 2014

by Karen N. Peart

The bonds that tie a neighborhood together can help shield community members from gun violence, according to new findings by Yale School of Medicine researchers in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (RWJF CSP). The team presented their work Dec. 19 at the Institute of Medicine’s Means of Violence workshop.

“Violence results in chronic community-level trauma and stress, and undermines health, capacity, and productivity in these neighborhoods,” said lead author Dr. Emily Wang, assistant professor of internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “Police and government response to the problem has focused on the victim or the criminal. Our study focuses on empowering communities to combat the effects of living with chronic and persistent gun violence.”

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