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Dec 04

Newport News Holds Strengthening Community Workshop

Posted on December 4, 2017 at 9:49 AM by Communications Department

Reducing violence and improving youth safety

Recently, the Newport News Human Services, Police Department, and Planning Department collaborated to host “Strengthening Our Community: Faith, Partnerships and Prevention” training.  The workshop was held as part of an on-going effort to reduce violence, improve youth safety, and reinforce the city-wide efforts to create safe neighborhoods.

12-4 classOver 50 community partners, faith leaders, youth-serving organizations, and city employees came together with nationally recognized trainers in trauma-informed care and community coalition building, Erin Fairchild and Reverend Vincent James. Participants received training around building resilience in individuals and communities through a trauma-informed approach. 
According to Integrated Health Services, trauma-informed care is a specialized approach that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Also discussed were the importance of the faith community in effective violence prevention, current efforts to address youth violence in Newport News and identified potential strategies for enhancing those efforts.

Funded by the Faith and Community Based Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Program, the training was provided through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Development Services Group, Inc. and the City of Newport News. The effort complements and supports the work begun through the Community Based Violence Prevention grant and the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative.

If you are interested in learning more about how to become involved in this ongoing initiative and future violence prevention training opportunities, please contact, at or 757-369-6808.