Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence
About the Network
Network of Neighbors Responding to Violence is a neighbor-driven network of Philadelphians who are called on to support communities after violent, often traumatic incidents. Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of violence in the country. These incidents not only affect victims, but they also have a significant impact on victim’s families and their communities. When we are repeatedly exposed to violence, the impact can be devastating:
- We start to believe violence is normal.
- We feel unsafe in our schools and neighborhoods.
- We put up barriers in our relationships, afraid to rely too heavily on others.
- We tend to be hypervigilant and quick to respond in anger to perceived threats.
- We join gangs and make risky decisions to shield us from a sense of powerlessness in our neighborhoods.
By supporting individuals in the immediate aftermath of a violent incident, the Network aims to mitigate many of the harmful symptoms and behaviors that result from trauma and violence.
Network members, known as Acute Trauma Responders, are trained in Post-Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM), which is an acute trauma response model that taps into social connections to foster healthy coping.
When responding to a community following a violent incident, the Network’s Acute Trauma Responders conduct group sessions, which aim to:
- Reduce the natural symptoms of stress associated with exposure to violence
- Strengthen coping skills after tragedies in a community
- Support the natural, human tendency to group together, seeking solace and safety after difficult experiences
- Identify those who need extra support and connect them to community-based resources
Training for the Network
DBHIDS is consulting with Dr. Robert Macy — a pioneer in interventions for stress reduction following acute traumatic incidents — as Philadelphia builds out its own trauma-response network. Over the last 15 years, Macy and his team have honed their PTSM interventions in the United States and internationally. Learn more about Dr. Macy’s PTSM model.
In June 2016, Dr. Macy and DBHIDS trained the first cohort of Acute Trauma Responders in Post-Traumatic Stress Management. Over 100 people were trained from across the city, from community members to faith leaders to community organizations to the police department. These responders are equipped to lead group sessions where participants build social cohesion and learn coping skills for stress reduction, with the support of DBHIDS. Additional trainings to expand the Network are being planned. Please keep an eye on DBHIDS’ events calendar page for trainings, and on this page for resources and information.
Connect with the Network
- Leadership Team
- Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
- Communications Office
- Evidence-based Practice and Innovation Center (EPIC)
- Fiscal Division
- Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
- Management Services Division
- Network Improvement and Accountability Collaborative (NIAC)
- Office of Addiction Services
- Office of Mental Health (OMH)
- Contracts & Budgeting
- Behavioral Health Crisis Intervention Services
- Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Coordinated Consumer Services (CCS)
- Transitions, Integration and Partnerships (TIP)
- Southeast Regional Planning and Implementation
- Office of the Chief Information Officer
- Office of the Chief Medical Officer
- Strategic Planning and Innovation Division
- Grants Opportunities
- DBHIDS Study Tours