Community Trauma Response Team focuses on forgotten victims of neighborhood violence
Gang-related violence and the wide-ranging trauma it produces have been a persistent problem in impoverished inner-city neighborhoods throughout the United States. In Syracuse in 2010, a Community Trauma Response Team was established and appears to have helped reduce gang-related gunshots and murders. One of the team's founders, Timothy "Noble" Jennings-Bey, provides an overview of the team's role and its importance in Syracuse. He calls trauma "the invisible demon" and works to help the many people affected in one way or another by trauma, people he describes as "the victims outside of the yellow tape." Click here for more on local efforts to deal with and reduce violence and its related trauma; click here for a journal article by Jennings-Bey and others on the Trauma Response Team.