Thousands of Years Later, We Still Struggle to Abhor Violence

There has been much written and spoken about domestic violence and child abuse recently due to incidents involving NFL players. It’s unfortunate that it takes a sensationalized incident to bring into view a chronic societal problem; but, that’s not surprising being that it hits very close to home for a lot of people. …

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Release of "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation…: A Guide forthe Health Sector" Part 2

Since victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking are exposed to such extreme situations, they have higher risk of experiencing physical and/or mental illness that may require treatment. The possibility of interaction between health provider and victim places health providers in unique positions where they can provide care and assistance while victims are being exploited. The greatest barrier, however, to providing appropriate care to victims, is the health care professional’s inability to recognize their patient’s exploited state. …

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Mindfulness protects adults from physical, mental health consequences of childhood abuse, neglect

Fact #1: People who were abused and neglected when they were kids have poorer physical and mental health. The more types of ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) – physical abuse, an alcoholic father, an abused mother, etc. – the higher the risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, obesity, being violent or experiencing violence. Got an ACE score of 4 or more? Your risk of heart disease increases 200%. Your risk of suicide increases 1200%….

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Ferguson Begs for a Grand Response from Social Work

Whenever tragedy strikes, social workers are among the first responders helping people cope with their grief and loss and empowering people to put their lives back in order.  Social workers provided support troops at the Boston Marathon bombing, they assisted children and families during the shootings at ……

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Invisible Victums: Sexual Exploitation And Trafficking Of Women In Mexico

By: Arun Kumar Acharya, Ph.D.

Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries. Since the United Nation’s Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons was signed into law in 2001 and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act was passed in 2000, much research has b ……

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The Human Response to Scarcity

Update, March 31, 2014: In reaction to the release of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which predicts threats not only to food supplies but also to security due to climate change, I repost this blog today as a cautionary reminder of the potential for human cruelty in the face of both real and imagined scarcity. 

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