Carolinas HealthCare System

Violence claims the lives of tens of thousands of children each year. Beyond the devastating loss of life, violence wreaks emotional and psychological havoc on young people, their families and their communities, and is also an economic drain. Because violence affects everyone, CMC created the Violence Prevention Committee in 1996 to develop strategies for reducing violence.

Violence Prevention Committee goal: Reduce violence through public education, prevention and intervention strategies and collaboration with others who share our goal.

Since 1996, the Committee has focused on educating community youth, patients and employees about the social effects of violence.

The Committee also works with neighborhood schools to educate students about the importance living without resorting to violence. Volunteers educate students one-on-one, as well as with classroom exercises, art and literature.

Violence Prevention Committee members partner with S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere) to establish area school chapters. S.A.V.E. promotes meaningful student involvement in keeping campuses and classrooms safe. S.A.V.E. strives to reduce the potential for school and community violence by connecting students with safety efforts. The key to S.A.V.E. is that it is student-initiated--started by students for students.

S.A.V.E. was established in 1989 in memory of Alex Orange, a West Charlotte High student, who was shot while trying to break up a fight at a party. S.A.V.E. is now an international organization with over 1,000 registered S.A.V.E. chapters and 98,000 members in 38 states, Canada, Croatia and Nigeria. CMC's Violence Prevention Committee members are available to answer questions, speak to students and organizations and distribute violence prevention information.

For more information about violence prevention activities or the CMC Violence Prevention Committee, please contact David Jacobs, M.D., or Nora Christian, RN, through the Trauma Services office at 704-355-3807.