What influence does noise have on the rate of violence? Is there a predictive relationship? Logically, we could imagine one scenario in which noise causes stress and that stress is transferred in the form of violence. In this hypothetical pathway, how does one’s ability to cope with noise impact the relationship between noise and violence? These are just a few questions that surfaced when reading the following article by a fellow word press-er, who highlights the pervasiveness of man-made sound/noise. More to come from the research community…
Everybody is being hit hard by decreases in funding, and government funded service delivery programs, projects, and coalitions are no exception! This article hits on issues discussed in the most recent Georgia Injury Prevention Program meeting on April 8th… funding, funding, funding, funding. Georgia Occupant Safety Programs were the topic de jour, but the impact extends beyond car seats and domestic violence programs. Ultimately, the economic climate has caused more Georgians to seek assistance. Unfortunately, when it comes to government assistance, the supply does not shake a stick at the demand. Cutting to the chase,
“This year, at least $300,000 (roughly 6 percent) is likely to be subtracted from the budget and there are no plans to restore those funds next year. State legislators are trying to use federal stimulus money as a temporary fix. However, as state revenues continue plunge, next year’s funding is at risk.”
Faster and furious:
Less government funds+ less private donations= fewer resources
Given this reality, no time is better than the present for private/not-for profit violence prevention practitioners to infuse serious business savvy and creativity into fund solicitation. An ounce of prevention is worth… Better yet, an ounce of resource allocation to sophisticated marketing and solicitation may convince sponsors to open their wallets, which may buy an ounce of prevention, which is worth a pound of cure.
Corporate sponsorship is a sink or swim arena and only the most convincing or well-connected entities win the hearts of the board room. Yes, for-profit organizations are becoming more responsible and quest for philanthropic pursuits. However, the choice to fiscally support a particular mission is just that, a choice, an informed choice. Further, the odds are even slimmer with more initiatives gaining visibility and less overhead to fund them. Winning this game is not impossible, but it sure requires strategy.
What are your thoughts, ideas, experiences, resource recommendations, etc on this topic? More importantly, what works and what doesn’t work. We want the good, the bad, the ugly.
This weekend, while surfing the web in a quest for violence related area news, it didn’t take long to find several noteworthy ‘somethings’ in our very own Atlanta Journal Constitution. Here’s a high gloss overview: Home invasion… multiple victims… child fatally wounded while father was getting a hair cut… $2,000 reward for anybody with information… call Crime Stoppers.
What is blaring about violence and violent death in particular is that it disproportionately affects otherwise young and healthy people. Not to downplay the significance of other causes of death, such as cancer and other chronic diseases, but if significance were found in ‘years of productive life loss’, the perpetrators of homicide get much more ‘bang for the buck’ than the rogue cells that cause cancer. Now, some may find contention with public health ‘folk’ spitting the acronym for ‘years of productive life loss’, Y.P.L.L. (pronounced something like yoi-ple, I’m sure my linguistically inclined counterparts will kindly suggest the true pronunciation and grammatical ornaments that should accompany my feeble attempt at phonetics), but this acronym fits comfortably in violence-specific research. Although the number of individuals that die from cancer in Georgia greatly outnumbers the number of homicide victims, the homicidal impact trumps cancer with respect to Y.P.L.L.. It is one of the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults. Although the number of Y.P.L.L. is only one component to consider when gauging the overall impact of a public health concern on individuals, families, communities, states, and nations, when it comes to injury in general, this measure gives insight into the major impact of unintentional and intentional injury.
Beyond the Y.P.L.L., let’s consider the social impact of violence by abstracting a statement from the community in which this shooting took place. When interviewed, a community member stated the following, according to the AJC,
“‘It’s really scary… not knowing what’s going on in your own neighborhood,” Walker told WSB Radio. “I’d rather be safe than sorry. You never know what’s going to happen.'”
Inquiring minds, otherwise known as those of us who are interested in the story beyond the sensationalism, want to know what was lost in those ellipses? In this case, as in many others, the journalistically unremarkable might have provided greater meaning to the bones of this commenter’s statement… we needed those sentences. For those of us who study this, it was a classic fail at the hand of the economy of words. But, we’ll make due without them. All in all, this person is making a statement about the greater impact of violence… the community impact… the cultural impact. Why don’t we know what’s going on in our neighborhoods? Has our concern for safety fueled a culture of communal ignorance and apathy toward neighborhood conditions? And what does it mean when safe ‘snuffs’ sorry?