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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Community Violence

Community Violence

Chapter:
(p.166) 24 Community Violence
Source:
Handbook of International Social Work
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Horace Levy

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0024

Violence, both criminal and community, is a rising problem around the world. This chapter focuses on Jamaica, a country where street violence now exceeds levels in South Africa and Colombia. It emphasizes community violence in particular and the community gangs that are its source. A case study is put forward, an offering of experiences and lessons that others elsewhere may find helpful in confronting similar scenes. The first stop is a brief account of the gravity of the problem nationally, the next an analysis probing causes and effects, and the third a description of an unusual countering approach carried out by social workers and an indication of its impact. The chapter concludes with lessons learned in the hopes that they can be applied in other contexts around the world.

Keywords:   Jamaica, violent crime, social work practice, street violence, community violence

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