Moving Toward Healing: Trauma and Violence and Boys and Young Men of Color

September 2016

John Rich, MD, MPH

Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice Drexel University, School of Public Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Moriah Group


Trauma and violence disproportionately affect the lives of boys and young men of color (BYMOC). Violence, when it claims the life of a young person, causes a devastating loss for individuals, families and communities, as well as a loss of potential for society overall. Young people with nonfatal violent injuries can suffer lifelong physical disabilities and pain which can limit their potential as learners, workers and citizens. Less often recognized are the psychological wounds left by violence which cause victims deep and daily distress, often in the form of post-traumatic stress or depression. The trauma of violence leaves scars on the individual and families, and the communities in which they live.

Source: RWJF and Moriah Group