Hearts (and resources) to Aurora

Once again, a community is recovering after a tragic mass shooting.

Early Friday morning, a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colo. movie theater, killing at least 12 people and injuring dozens more. Children and teens were among those killed and injured.

As we’ve been discussing here on the blog and on social media this past week, community violence can do more than injure a child physically. The damage exposure to violence can do to children mentally and emotionally can have long-term effects and hinder their development.

Our hearts go out to the Aurora community, home of a Safe Start grantee working to reduce children’s exposure to violence. Here are some of Safe Start’s resources in an effort to assist adults and children as they begin to cope with this tragic event.

Healing the Invisible Wounds: Children’s Exposure to Violence – A Guide for Families

Trauma Informed Care Tip Sheets
Tips for Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Tips for Parent Education Programs
Tips for Parents and Other Caregivers
Tips for Child Welfare Staff
Tips for Early Childhood Providers
Tips for Engaging Men and Fathers
Tips for Domestic Violence and Homeless Shelters
Tips for Teachers
Tips for Agencies and Staff Working with Youth
Tips for Agencies Working With Immigrant Families

Each of our issue briefs below explain the importance of addressing exposure to violence in different settings and ways to take action:

Moving from Evidence to Action: Understanding Children’s Exposure to Violence

Moving from Evidence to Action: Pediatric Care Settings

Moving From Evidence to Action: Schools

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