A New Way to Measure Healing from Violence

Updated March 21, 2024 | Posted February 15, 2024
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
In the foreground, two women hold hands supportively. They sit among what looks like a support group circle, several sets of legs are our of focus in the background.

An Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion webi­nar, A New Way to Mea­sure Heal­ing from Com­mu­ni­ty Vio­lence, high­light­ed a new scale to mea­sure heal­ing in peo­ple who have been harmed by com­mu­ni­ty vio­lence, expand­ing ways to bet­ter under­stand and respond to young adult sur­vivors of trauma.

Par­tic­i­pants learned how this inno­v­a­tive tool and its com­pan­ion dis­cus­sion guide can help sur­vivor-serv­ing orga­ni­za­tions bet­ter under­stand the mech­a­nisms that pro­mote heal­ing from vio­lence, and why this is so important.


The webi­nar is part of the Foundation’s Lead­ing With Evi­dence series, pro­mot­ing effec­tive and equi­table evi­dence-based approach­es in a vari­ety of settings.

Why This New Scale Is Important

In the field of trau­mat­ic vio­lence recov­ery, though there are abun­dant mea­sures to assess symp­toms and cop­ing, a review of lit­er­a­ture indi­cat­ed no clear def­i­n­i­tion of heal­ing from com­mu­ni­ty vio­lence from the per­spec­tives of those most affected.

Through the work of the webinar’s pan­elists and foun­da­tion part­ners — some of whom have been harmed by vio­lence — a def­i­n­i­tion emerged: Heal­ing from com­mu­ni­ty vio­lence means get­ting to the core of the harm and reclaim­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties. As part of the new scale, par­tic­i­pants answered a series of ques­tions that cat­alyzed discussion.

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