Awareness and Action: An Exploration of Violence Prevention Training and the Cultivation of Resilience

Researchers: Alun Rees, Rex Shelburne, Stephanie Shelburne; LiveLifeResources and UNCFoundation

Brief Description: There is a growing body of literature suggesting exposure to both interpersonal violence and structural violence prevents individuals and communities from meeting their basic needs, let alone cultivating resilience. 

Violence contributes to a pervasive experience of trauma, individual and communal. According to recent studies the impact of community trauma is corrosive to the individual and society. From an individual perspective exposure to violence can manifest as decreased mental/emotional/physical health, increasing health costs, contributing to missed work or school, and a breakdown in relationships. Communally, the impact of violence contributing to trauma can manifest as a breakdown of social networks, relationships, and positive norms. Thus the corrosion of violence can impact all areas of social structure including economic viability.

The purpose of this study is to investigate whether providing training and learning opportunities in violence awareness and prevention can influence individual, family, and community resilience. As people learn how to identify, mitigate, and respond to violence in their workplaces, campuses, public arenas, does violence decrease? Do individuals and communities become more vital and viable?

This study is looking for individuals age 18 and above to participate in an 8 week entirely online violence awareness and prevention training. Each week will contain active and applied learning in topics identified to mitigate violence and cultivate resilience.

This study will take place in the LiveLifeResources Learning Management System (LifeWiseU). It will take place entirely online, requiring no travel or need to visit a particular place.

Participants will engage weekly with the supplied material and research team members via discussion forum and/or chat. Data will be gathered via questionnaires and quizzes.

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