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FIVE PART SERIES: GUN VIOLENCE IN MADISON | CYCLES OF TRAUMA

Here's how a pervasive culture of guns is changing our community

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Here's how a pervasive culture of guns is changing our community
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Sudden and tragic, gun violence is increasing in Madison and the surrounding area, bringing both heartbreak and a thirst for revenge. For four months, the Wisconsin State Journal has been speaking with perpetrators, victims, emergency responders, doctors and those who study the root causes of violence to understand why it’s happening and what it might take to stop it.

Reporting by Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal

Gun violence in Madison | Cycles of trauma: Part One

Unaddressed trauma during childhood can have devastating impacts on future health and behavior, sometimes leading to violence. Meanwhile, more young people are carrying weapons. 

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A small but rising number of teens and young adults, often with a history of unaddressed trauma, are turning to guns to settle disputes and retaliate for slights real or imagined.

Gun violence in Madison | Cycles of trauma: Part Two

The agony caused by gun violence, and a new effort by the city, Dane County, the faith community, nonprofits, UW Hospital and others to create a rapid, comprehensive response.

Gun violence in Madison | Cycles of trauma: Part Three

The rise of the Focused Interruption Coalition of faith and community leaders, and how formerly incarcerated peers help those affected by violence and seek to prevent retaliation.

Gun violence in Madison | Cycles of trauma: Part Four

The trauma of incarceration and its effect on individuals, their children and families, and how peer support can help those in jail or prison re-enter the community.

 

Gun violence in Madison | Cycles of trauma: Part Five

Madison and Dane County are following larger cities to create a public health response to violence, backed by science that says violence is a disease and curable.

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