Network of Neighbors

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Network of Neighbers gives the following descriptive information:

Network of Neighbors: A Trauma Response Network Who we are

The Network of Neighbors Trauma Response Network is composed of community members trained to support — and lead — responses to stress, trauma, loss, and violence within their own communities.

The Network is not a violence-prevention or anti-violence program. Instead, the Network is focused on addressing the impact of trauma on individuals and communities.

By supporting those closest to what happened, we not only address their trauma — which is so often forgotten about — but we may actually be supporting the “direct victim” and their family more effectively. This is because “direct victims” are more likely to accept help from those they know and trust — especially in the immediate aftermath of an incident.

The Network does not just respond to violence. The Network responds to whatever the community experiences as violence, loss, stress, or trauma. Network interventions take place in response to a specific incident of violence or trauma — or in response to ongoing circumstances that may be stressful, including continued exposure to violence or trauma.

Oftentimes, Network “Trauma Responders” are already the trusted faces of their neighborhoods and networks. As the resident experts and leaders, they are in the best position to restore a sense of safety, facilitate healing, and inspire hope after a violent or traumatic event. This is because:

Each traumatic incident affects everyone — and every community — differently. Communities know best what they need to support themselves. When local leadership sits in the drivers seat, everyone else gets on board. In other words: when local knowledge directs the healing process, responding partners begin to collaborate together in the actual interests of the community.

As Trauma Responders with the Network of Neighbors Program, these community members and leaders can continue their work as part of a coordinated system that recognizes their expertise. The Network provides ongoing opportunities for training and professional development, as well as emotional and financial support.

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