Race and Violence in Our Communities - Session at the Virtual 29th New England School of Best Practices in Addiction Services
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The New England ATTC, in partnership with AdCare Educational Institute of New England is hosting this session at the Virtual New England School of Best Practices on 8/27/21 from 9:00-12:15 with subject matter expert Brenda Westberry. The presence of violence in a community increases not only the potential number of victims of violence but also increases the likely number of perpetrators of violence, fostering an ongoing cycle of violence in communities afflicted by this public health disease. Racial discrimination causes trauma by creating isolation, alienation, marginalization, psychological harm and stress which often limits the ability of the community and individuals to respond. Violence coupled with structural racism not only erodes the health of a community but are integral components and causative risk factors that lead to affecting a person’s ability to cope. The exposure to violence in childhood can result in greater risk in adulthood for substance use, risky sexual behavior and mental and physical health issues.