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Tackling violence in young people: five minutes with . . . Martin Griffiths

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 01 June 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o1380
  1. Melina Zachariou
  1. London

The clinical director of the NHS’s violence reduction programme discusses how to break the cycle of violence among young people

“Anybody who works near or has been affected by violence asks the question, ‘Why? Why is this happening in a first world country? Why are we seeing young people harmed by other young people? Why is it not changing despite all that’s going on?’

“Young people coming through our emergency departments having been injured, often seriously, on our streets, are going back to challenging homes and then reattending hospital with other injuries or harming other people. The likely outcomes? They end up in the criminal justice system, at a criminal healthcare facility, or dead.

“[I came to realise that] there wasn’t really a solution fit for purpose. There …

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