Exposure to intentional acts of interpersonal violence committed in public areas by individuals who are not intimately related to the victim. Acts of community violence include but are not limited to riots, sniper attacks, gang wars, drive-by shootings, bullying, workplace assaults, terrorist attacks, torture, bombings, war, ethnic cleansing, and widespread sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. (References: US Dept. of Veterans Affairs and The National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
WHAT IS COMMUNITY VIOLENCE?
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