Millions of children are exposed to violence in their schools, homes and communities each year. A new infographic from the Safe Start Center takes a look at the numbers and shares ways to recognize and help traumatized kids at school.
Research has shown that the earlier a child is exposed to traumatic events, the less s/he will be able to cope and the greater the likelihood for developmental problems. There's also an increased chance of aggressive behavior which can lead to the juvenile justice system. A recent study found that 92% of incarcerated teens experienced traumatic events in their childhood.
In addition to the infographic, the Safe Start Center has an entire toolkit for school administrators and educators that includes tips, practical tools and information on how to help children exposed to violence.
(Visit the Safe Start Center for a larger version of the infographic.)
Liz Wu is a Digital Accounts Manager at Prichard Communications, where she oversees digital outreach for Reclaiming Futures and edits Reclaiming Futures Every Day. Before joining the Prichard team, Liz established the West Coast communications presence for the New America Foundation, where she managed all media relations, event planning and social media outreach for their 6 domestic policy programs. Liz received a B.A. in both Peace and Conflict Studies and German from the University of California at Berkeley. She tweets from @LizSF.
Updated: September 17 2012