HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck hosted a virtual forum discussing the ways that individuals and neighborhoods can heal from the impacts of gun violence.
The event was at 7 p.m. Thursday and live-streamed on Hampton’s Facebook page.
“Individuals living in communities where violence is prevalent are at increased risk for a broad range of negative health and behavior outcomes,” says the non-profit Violence Policy Center. “In the context of gun violence prevention, research suggests that living in violent communities compromises residents’ ability to break intergenerational cycles of violence. Without large-scale interventions, a neighborhood becomes effectively unable to protect itself against the perpetuation of a culture that is normed in violence.”
Experts from Hampton’s Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Victim Service Unit and the Center for Child and Family Services joined the mayor to talk about ways to help neighborhoods and citizens heal after shootings.
The panel discussed may topics, including the impact gun violence has on children.
In addition, a counselor who works with families of homicide victims and a former violent offender who has turned his life attended.
“Some are going through vicarious trauma. If it’s not gonna be the six degrees of separation in the Hampton Roads community. It’s really two or three degrees of separation. So what we’re seeing, if it wasn’t you, it was your brother, it was your co-worker, it was a member of your church, it was a teammate on your football team. And so for juveniles particularly, it hits very close to home,” said Tyrone George, a violent crime specialist in Hampton.
Watch the full forum below: