Center for Public Violence Recovery

Background

The Center for Public Violence Recovery (CPVR) assists communities to prepare for public violence. Collaborating with religious, nonprofit, business and government leaders, they are an integral part of a community resilience plan.

Public violence — random violent incidents that traumatise a community — is often an invisible disaster. When well-meaning leaders try to short-circuit the recovery cycle, promising to restore life to normal, it can produce a “crisis after the crisis”, as unaddressed trauma festers. Without a plan for response and recovery, which involves the whole community, the result is misinformation, fragmentation of services and a growing sense of hopelessness.

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