Still Living The Dream of Non Violence

Several years ago it was a personal goal of mine to start a national non profit that would serve as a guide to preventing and reducing violence.
I am reminded each year as we celebrate the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. That there is still a need for a voice in the desert of incivility and injustice that too many times in America ends up turning into a violent tragedy.
Dr King reminded us that it is not our race or ethnic background that causes hate. There is hate abound among ethnic and religious cultures through our great land.
To come to grips with the real issue we must all examine our hearts and our character to judge what our real intentions are.
This is a time for more civil discourse among all Americans. We will not reduce violence by our attitudes, we will work to reduce violence by our true character.
We will reduce it in the words of Dr King through the “Content of our Character ”
Let there be peace on earth and let it began with me !

Bobby Kipper
Director NCPCV

Violence and Economic Development

Every community across America is jockeying for valuable economic dollars. The issue of funding local services and quality of life greatly depends on the overall safety in a community.
The White Elephant in the equation seems to rest in the area of violent crime. And the greater issue is that statistics alone do not tell the whole story.
A large measure of safety and security in any community is the perception of violence. Citizens are slow to pay attention to overall crime statistics. What they focus on is the way they feel about their own personal safety.
No one wants to live in a community where you say “Honey cover me while I get the milk “.
This is the primary reason that the National Center is solutions focused with the prevention of violence in mind. Violence has a lasting impact on communities and one area that may never be truly measured is economic development.
Bobby Kipper
Director NCPCV

Dating Violence Prevention in the Green Zone

The American Medical Association reports that 1 out of 5 teens has at some point been physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner. This national statistic is both sad and shocking. An alarming 81 percent of parents surveyed believe that dating violence is not a major issue.
February is National Dating Violence Prevention Month. To acknowledge this event the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence has introduced a new prevention program called Green Zone Relationships.
The program allows those who are in unhealthy relationships to recognize the situation and make a positive change.
The new initiative is going to be introduced nationwide and is being piloted at Menchville High School and Christopher Newport University in Newport News Virginia.
Contact us to start Green Zone Relationships in your schools.

Bullying And The Road To Violence

For years I have been discussing how Violence Is A Process And Not An Event. The issue of Bullying is certainly a part of that process. Everyday in America someone is seriously injured due to the process of disrespect that we commonly label Bullying. My concern is that we sometime hide behind a term that really does not expose it’s true impact. The term Bullying means something different today then 10 years ago. Some how we water down Victimization by creating labels. “He or she was not abused they were just Bullied”. This cultural denial leads to repeat acts of civil discord which in the end becomes Violent.
We can’t accept the path that leads to creating victims no matter how little or small the infliction. To deny the hurt is just to act as another Bystander.

Bullying Hits Home

Recently I had the opportunity to be interviewed in Florida following the tragic suicide of a 12 year old due to cyberbulling. This tragic event occurred following repeated pleas to school officials and others to intervene in the situation. Have we turned into a society of bystanders ? After writing a book on Bullying and speaking constantly about the subject I can’t help but think of my own middle school daughter.
In my Fox interview out of Tampa my heart was captured by the perplexing question as to why tragedy due to the lack of civility has to arrive at such an early age.
We allow kids today to exist in an underground empire of social networking without controls or balance. To all the parents that read this ,our lack of intervention to the inappropriate behavior in social networking may be the biggest act of by standing in our society. Will you be a champion and help your child understand and navigate social networking or will you be just another bystander ?