The Durham Homicide and Victims of Violent Death Memorial Quilt was created as a way to raise awareness about the impact of gun violence in Durham, North Carolina. It was started in protest after Shaquanna Attwater, a 2-year-old, was shot and killed in 1994.
As an advocate and educator, I am frequently asked about the best ways to support survivors of trauma immediately after an incident, and long term. One of the best starting points in becoming part of a strong support system, is understanding how thoroughly experiencing a traumatic event can impact someone's life. Potentially every aspect of wellness may be impacted by the traumatic experience. Those who has been traumatized are frequently shaken to the core.