Monday, 31 October 2016

VCD, Victim Support and London gangs

It's always great to catch up with graduates from the VCD programme and know what they are up to. Last week Molly Blackburn, who studied with us a couple of years ago, came to the lecture on the causes and origins of violence. She is now working with Victim Support and brought two colleagues who are working with young people who are in gangs in London.

Molly and her colleagues Tina and Enoch

I had presented work on the layered nature of genocide and on psychological and emotional causes of violence. The presentation made by the team from Victim Support brought home the reality of working with people who are violent - including the challenges of persuading individuals to change behaviour that has become habitual, normalised and psychologically and economically profitable. It was helpful in bringing examples and in bringing a sense of perspective to the discussion on why people are violent.

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