The tragic and devastating shootings this week in Oregon, California and Connecticut have stunned their communities and the nation. In the wake of this devastation it’s important for the families, communities and children affected to be able to find a way to cope in the aftermath of the event. The Safe Start Center has a variety of resources that can help communities manage and find a way to handle this kind of exposure to violence and trauma.
Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence – A Guide for Families [pdf]
Survivors of these types of events may have been physically and/or emotionally hurt by witnessing the violent event. Children are resilient, but if the child has been affected it may be difficult to identify when something is wrong especially if there are no clear physical signs of harm. The above guide can help in understanding how to help children cope with the “invisible wounds” affecting them emotionally and psychologically.
Trauma Informed Care Tip Sheets
These are resources for anyone working with children, including parents and teachers, on different ways to recognize trauma and the ways you can help.
Tools and Resources
This is an overall list of tools and resources that you can explore for further information about violence exposure and prevention.
The post above is reprinted with permission from the Safe Start Center's blog.
*Photo at top by Flickr user Creative Donkey
Updated: December 14 2012