Resources available for individuals and families in wake of Charlottesville violence

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Families and Individuals in Societal Contexts
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


NCFR and its members have gathered resources for coping in the wake of violence in Charlottesville on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. 

The members of the NCFR Board of Directors were shocked by the violent events that happened in Charlottesville over the weekend and share the concern that many of you have expressed. The events in Virginia are tragic reminders of our country’s history of systematic oppression and the persistence of both individual and institutional racism in our society (as evidenced by the disturbing activism of white supremacists). As educators, practitioners, and researchers, we must rededicate ourselves to continuing our dialogue about racism and hate - how it is created, spread, and expressed as well as how it can be eliminated - in our work and in our daily lives. Although it can be difficult to know how best to respond to acts of violence at home or abroad, we believe NCFR members, individually and collectively, can make a difference in the lives of those affected by such tragedies. We must continue to work together, and be faithful to our mission to understand and strengthen families through research, practice, and education.

Below you will find resources designed to help those affected on any level to cope in the aftermath of this tragic event. Topics include talking to children about tragedies; coping in the wake of mass violence; ways to fight hate; and finally, resources from the Inclusion & Diversity Committee (IDC) special session at the 2016 NCFR Annual Conference.