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J Urban Health. 2015 Oct;92(5):947-54. doi: 10.1007/s11524-015-9978-8.

The Trauma Response Team: a Community Intervention for Gang Violence.

Author information

1
Street Addiction Institute Inc., New York, NY, USA.
2
Trauma Response Team, Syracuse, NY, USA.
3
Department of Public Health and Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA. sdlane@syr.edu.
4
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA. sdlane@syr.edu.
5
Department of Anthropology, The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA.
6
Department of Public Health, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA.
7
Syracuse City Common Council, Syracuse, NY, USA.
8
Mothers Against Gun Violence, Syracuse, NY, USA.
9
Department of Anthropology, Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA.
10
Syracuse Police Department, Syracuse, NY, USA.

Abstract

While violent crime has decreased in many cities in the USA, gang-related violence remains a serious problem in impoverished inner city neighborhoods. In Syracuse, New York, gang-related murders and gun shots have topped other New York state cities. Residents of the high-murder neighborhoods suffer trauma similar to those living in civil conflict zones. The Trauma Response Team was established in 2010, in collaboration with the Police Department, health care institutions, and emergency response teams and with the research support of Syracuse University faculty. Since its inception, gang-related homicides and gun shots have decreased in the most severely affected census tracts.

KEYWORDS:

Community intervention; Gang violence; Neighborhood violence; Trauma

PMID:
26282564
PMCID:
PMC4608937
DOI:
10.1007/s11524-015-9978-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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