The inspiring story of a Black doctor deeply affected by the violence in his childhood that plagued his Brooklyn community who was determined to be a force for change and dedicated himself to addressing trauma and violence as public health issues

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Product Code: 9337
ISBN: 9780807020166
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Beacon Press
Published Date: 05/07/2024
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Rob Gore first encountered violence when he was beaten and robbed as a 10-year old; it was treated as an inevitable fact of life, but after another brush with violence as a teen, he began to reject that prevalent attitude. As he matured and became a doctor, he grew in his determination to find treatments for what he saw not as an unavoidable fact for most people living in vulnerable, underserved neighborhoods especially, but as a public health issue that could be addressed by early intervention and solid support, beginning in the medical community. He also became deeply involved in efforts to diversify the entire field of medicine, starting with the “front lines” in the Emergency Department.

Seeing his brother Angel and close friend Willis fall prey to the epidemic of violence with profound—and in Willis’s case—deadly consequences, Rob began seriously researching the issue and went on to found an organization which is one of the models for successful approaches to reducing violence and protecting victims, who are disproportionately BIPOC, living in impoverished neighborhoods, or members of the LGBTQ+ community. Here he provides not only statistics, but stories of what he witnessed in NYC neighborhoods, in Atlanta, Chicago, Buffalo and even in medical work in Haiti and Kenya. His work with the Kings Against Violence Initiate (KAVI) and allied organizations is a blueprint for treating violence not as a police matter, but as a public health crisis, which can and should be addressed and substantially reduced. The people he introduces us to in these pages are not merely victims, but often advocates, paving the way for eliminating the epidemic of violence in our country.

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Confronting Violence

Losing Willis
F the Police
Getting on Track
The SWATS, RED DOGs, and the Reality Outside the Morehouse Gates
Ruff Buff and the Price of Disinvestment
To Treat Suffering, Know Suffering
Something Exciting
The Pipeline
Violence in the Rubble
Do Something
The Many Faces of Violence
The KAVI Way
In Honor of Willis
Resources for Violence Prevention and Treatment


“A frank, powerful argument for public health initiatives addressing violence.” —Kirkus Reviews

"The mission begins with the recognition that violence is a public health problem,’ writes physician Rob Gore in his at times harrowing, but always inspiring, book Treating Violence. Gore argues that the violence plaguing impoverished urban communities—where the residents tend to be Black or Brown—can be managed, like a disease, with thoughtful intervention. Dr. Gore has dedicated much of his life to that task, and his powerful story is its own kind of intervention in that it offers readers hope for a safer, more caring world.” —Theresa Brown, RN, author of The Shift and Healing

“Urgent and timely. Rob Gore shines a light on what is arguably the most pressing public health issue of our generation. He helps us understand solutions in our communities, without letting our institutions off the hook. A much-needed book for this moment.” —Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

“As a survivor of childhood trauma, I know firsthand the impact of violence on children. This book is critical to understanding the dynamics of trauma and violence that plague our youth. Treating Violence highlights Dr. Gore’s unrelenting tenacity at attacking this epidemic using data and advocacy, and his daily work on the front lines, combine for a much-needed solution. Our children deserve a life filled with access, opportunity, and belief that empowers them to reach for the stars on their Mission Possible.” —Leland Melvin, author of Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances

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