The following was written by Johnna White, a health promotion coordinator, for the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department blog:
Uncontrolled and rising anger is scary and can hurt people—and places. Left unchecked, it can lead to painful outcomes like violence at home and gang violence in your neighborhood.
Sadly, violence is a common problem where we live. From 2015-2018, the Tacoma Police Department reported about 22% of calls involved domestic violence. And not everyone reports these events to the police.
This does not have to be our reality.
WHAT THE DATA SHOW—AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
We can find a path toward a more peaceful community. To help you and your neighbors understand and address violence, we gathered data and outlined five approaches. The Violence Prevention Data Report looks at violence between people in Tacoma and Pierce County. Violence Prevention: A brief assessment of approaches outlines five models to address it:
- Cardiff Model.
- Injury Prevention Model (Haddon Matrix).
- Cure Violence Model.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model.
- Restorative Justice Model.
We encourage you to check out these resources. We hope these resources will give community members helpful pathways to bring people together to solve problems—peacefully.
If there is an emergency, please call 911.
FOR ADDITIONAL HELP AND INFO:
- Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
Helpline: (253) 798-4166 | Toll Free: (800) 764-2420 | TDD: (253) 798-4620
- Pierce County Sheriff’s Department – Domestic Violence Unit
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
24-Hour Hotline (800) 799-7233 | TTY (800) 787-3224
- King/Snohomish/Pierce County Deaf Hotline, 24 hours every day (206) 812-1001 (videophone)