Youth Violence Interventions
Support Groups for Victims
suggest that grass roots efforts like Atlantas "
Mothers of Murdered Sons" (MOMS) or the Detroit-based
"Save Our Sons and Daughters" (SOSAD) may be effective
to help grieving parents cope with their loss, mobilize the
community and motivate young people to consider the consequences
of violence. Youth support groups for the survivors of juvenile
violence is another promising idea (e.g., "Kids Alive and
Loved"). Preliminary research by Thomas and colleagues
suggests that the siblings and friends of homicide victims, as
well as the survivors and witnesses of serious interpersonal
violence subsequently have serious emotional and psychiatric
sequellae. In the absence of help, many young people fall into a
cycle of retaliation, revenge, or self-destructive behavior.
Victim and survivor programs are worthy of support and careful