Invisible Wounds: Gun Violence and Community Trauma among Black Americans

May 27, 2021
  • Description

This report is an effort to begin to address this less-studied, yet equally damaging, phenomenon, sometimes referred to as "community trauma." And the focus for this exploration on community trauma will be on Black communities in America. This is because persistent gun violence is harming too many Black communities across the United States, contributing to individual, family, and community-level trauma. Community trauma is not only the sum of the hurt and suffering of individuals who have had traumatizing experiences. It is also a collective trauma experienced in communities with elevated levels of violence.