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​​The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (2008) indicates that 60% of the children surveyed had been exposed to violence—directly or indirectly—in the past year. Almost half (43%) of the children had experienced an assault. The effects of this violence can be seen not only in the present moment, but often for many years to come. Health problems, mental health issues, and substance use issues are just some of the common trends seen in older children and adults affected by violence.

Pediatricians and other members of the medical home team have a unique opportunity to identify and treat the children and youth with these challenges. The pediatrician has a historical and ongoing relationship with the child and family that allows her to see changes in behavior or health that may indicate the child is experiencing the effects of violence. A trusted source of information, the pediatrician can provide guidance to the child’s parents or speak directly to the child or youth to determine the best way to keep the young person safe and begin to heal from these experiences. A strong medical home has the resources, as well, to make the necessary referrals when other psychosocial services may be required.

Through funding from the Department of Justice, the American Academy of Pediatrics has developed resources for pediatricians and medical home teams to more effectively identify and care for children and adolescents who have been exposed to violence. The Resilience Project Website is designed to provide pediatricians and medical home teams with information and resources needed to modify practice operations to more effectively identify, treat, and refer children and youth who have been exposed to or victimized by violence. While exposure to violence is traumatic, children and youth can heal and continue to thrive with the support of their medical home and the community around them.

​Project Advisory Committee

M. Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, FAAP, Chairperson
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

RJ Gillespie, MD, FAAP
Children’s Clinic, Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership

Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW
Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center

Suzanne Haney, MD, FAAP
Children’s Specialty Physicians, Omaha

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
Center for Youth Wellness

Alison Kirby, MD, FAAP
Walla Walla Clinic Pediatrics

Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP
St. Christopher's Children's Hospital National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

Karen Sheehan, MD, MPH, FAAP
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

​Project Staff

Tammy Piazza Hurley
Manager, Child Abuse and Neglect

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American Academy of Pediatrics and the

Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crimes​

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