When violence strikes a city, we ask why? And how can we stop it?
When violence strikes a city – as Hartford was struck last month in a weekend of shootings that left two dead and eight wounded – you have to ask why, and you have to ask how can we prevent this from happening again?
Especially when the violence involves young people, a city stops and ponders. One of the dead was a 16-year old Windsor High student, shot while attending a Sweet Sixteen birthday party.
It isn’t hard to find news of a shooting in Connecticut, and that’s just the violence we see. Unreported and often unremarked-upon is the violence children witness at home.
Today, we will talk to a child and adolescent psychologist from Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living. She’ll tell us how violence affects the development of both children and their families. We’ll also talk with a researcher at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the director of a Hartford program that works with children who’ve witnessed violence, as well as a Department of Children and Families director of community services, who can talk about what that state organization is doing with this population.