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Domestic Abuse Training Game Will Help Health And Social Care

Domestic Abuse Training Game Will Help Health And Social Care

A new and novel training aid has been developed by a University of Sheffield academic to help healthcare professionals support victims of domestic violence and abuse (DVA). The training aid takes the form of an interactive board game which health and social care professionals can use to enhance their training, further understand the complexities of DVA and help…

Military Firearm Suicides Involve A Personally Owned Firearm

Military Firearm Suicides Involve A Personally Owned Firearm

More than 60% of US military suicides occur at home and involve a firearm. Nearly all military firearm suicides (95%) involve a personally owned firearm. Nonmilitary data indicate that the risk of suicide is 6 times higher in households with a firearm, although this risk may be reduced if the firearms are kept unloaded and/or locked. Because…

Overall Levels Of Victim Blaming Were Low

Overall Levels Of Victim Blaming Were Low

You may have seen it among your own friends: a high-profile #MeToo case triggers responses that assign some or all the blame on a victim of sexual harassment, with men more likely than women to side with an accused male. New research publish Sunday in the Psychology of Women Quarterly suggests it is men’s empathy…

Mass Shootings Are Causing Stress And Behavioral Changes

Mass Shootings Are Causing Stress And Behavioral Changes

It is no surprise that Tiffany Burris was distraught Wednesday. Her 3-year-old son, Tyaan, was among those confined to the Precious Babies day care center in North Philadelphia for hours while a gunman was locked in a standoff with police nearby. “They couldn’t stop crying and shaking,” she said. “Bullets have no name on them.”…

Witnesses Are Lying About Their Knowledge Of A Person's Identity

Witnesses Are Lying About Their Knowledge Of A Person’s Identity

A new test developed by the University of Stirling could help police to determine when criminals or witnesses are lying about their knowledge of a person’s identity. A team led by Dr. Ailsa Millen, Research Fellow in Psychology at Stirling, conduct a study to establish whether liars could hide their reaction when shown a photograph…

Court Orders For Addiction Treatment In Jails

Court Orders For Addiction Treatment In Jails

As western Massachusetts struggles with a dramatic spike in fatal overdoses, officials are embracing a controversial solution: sending men who have not committed any crimes to jails and prisons for court order addiction treatment. Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi has designated a wing of his jail for the treatment of men civilly committed for substance…

Commit To A Crime Is An Outlier From Society

Commit To A Crime Is An Outlier From Society

Crime; After mass shootings, people naturally search for answers. They also want to find the root cause. One subject that often arises is mental illness. People, and politicians, raise questions about “red flags,” or warning signs a person might commit a violent act, and whether someone could have intervened to stop a mass murderer. Psychiatrist…

Understanding Gun Violence And Mass Shootings

Understanding Gun Violence And Mass Shootings

Gun Violence; Public mass shootings, once a rare event, now occur with shocking frequency in the United States. According to the Washington Post, four or more people are killed in this horrific manner every 47 days. The most recent mass shootings, in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, occurred less than a day apart and…

Setting Of Gun Laws Needed To Reduce Gun Violence

Setting Of Gun Laws Needed To Reduce Gun Violence

Gun Violence; After 31 people were killed in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, bipartisan legislation for universal background checks is gaining traction in the US Senate. Now, a new School of Public Health study finds that laws restricting who can have a gun are most effective in reducing…

Available Gun Violence Data Does Not Show The Full Picture

Available Gun Violence Data Does Not Show The Full Picture

The Journal of Behavioral Medicine has published its first special issue dedicated to gun violence; featuring research on gun violence data from Lori Ann Post, director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy & Economics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. The special issue was created in response to a National Rifle Association tweet telling…

Blight Busting Demolitions Reduced Gun Injuries And Deaths

Blight Busting Demolitions Reduced Gun Injuries And Deaths

Gun Injuries; For the past half-decade, Detroit’s government and community groups have worked to tear down abandoned houses and other buildings in the city’s most blight-stricken neighborhoods, in the name of public safety and quality of life. Now, a new University of Michigan and Harvard University study shows an 11% drop in homicides and serious…