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Violence Vict. 2000 Fall;15(3):283-301.

Coping with chronic community violence: the variety and implications of women's efforts.

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College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia 29208, USA.


To date, most researchers concerned with chronic community violence have studied children, and focused on the types, extent, and effects of their violence experiences. In contrast, using a series of in-depth repeated interviews, the current study explored African American women's methods for coping with chronic community violence. This article describes the variety of ways these women developed to avoid, minimize, or manage their own and their children's encounters with community violence. It argues for the importance of using these data to inform professional intervention and suggests specific implications for practice, program development, and policy.

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