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A Community-Based Response to Urban Violence

Steven Marans; In collaboration with Jean Adnopoz, Miriam Berkman, Dean Esserman, Douglas MacDonald, Steven Nagler, Richard Randall, Mark Schaefer, and Melvin Wearing

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Many of our children live in communities where violence, fear, and despair are commonplace. This book describes how one city developed a collaborative effort between law-enforcement and mental health professionals in order to help these children and their families.

The Child Development-Community Policing Program in New Haven, Connecticut, was initiated in 1991 to deal more effectively with children who are victims or perpetrators of violence. Police officers, preparing for the new responsibilities of community-based policing, have become familiar with an array of strategies for preventing and responding to community violence. Mental health professionals have learned firsthand about the texture and trauma of the lives of children at risk. Police and mental health professionals working together have been able to mobilize treatment services more quickly and effectively and to assure that treatment plans are carried out. This manual provides a model, case studies, and guidelines for training the participants, operating a consultation service, and evaluating the program on an ongoing basis, all of which will be useful for other communities seeking to implement a similar project.

Steven Marans is Harris Assistant Professor of Child Psychoanalysis at the Yale Child Study Center. Donald Cohen, M.D., is director of the Yale Child Study Center. Nicholas Pastore is chief of the New Haven Department of Police Service. The book was written with the help of members of the Yale Child Study Center and the New Haven Department of Police Service.

"This well-written and illuminating book will find a large and appreciative audience among police, educators, child psychologists, prosecutors, victims' advocates, child protective service workers, and public policymakers."—William Geller, Police Executive Research Forum

"Refreshing and important reading for all concerned about rampant violence in our cities."—Abraham Heller, M.D., Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health

"This small book . . . is very practical in its orientation. It is essentially a workbook that outlines how one might construct a program in which clinically trained child therapy and child development experts create an ongoing collaborative consultation service with local police departments to help police handle situations where children are exposed in one way or another to violence in their homes and communities. . . . The book will be of considerable interest to clinicians working on community mental health issues, especially those interested in violence and in working with community agencies, such as the police force, in developing programs to ameliorate the burgeoning problem of violence in our communities."—Stuart W. Twemlow, Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"Generally, the book could be said to be of more value to practitioners than to those with an academic interest."—Lesley Noaks, Sociology of Health and Illness

ISBN: 9780300064209
Publication Date: November 29, 1995
168 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4