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Fighting violence's hidden effects

Fighting violence's hidden effects

No child should have to witness a neighbor gunned down in the street or the beating of a parent or caregiver. Such experiences not only are disturbing when they occur, they also can leave deep emotional and psychological scars that affect children's mental and physical health for years afterward. Baltimore must offer such children the kind of specialized services and supportive care that will allow them to overcome the effects of such early childhood traumas or it will lose their potential forever.

Baltimore has the fifth-highest homicide rate of major U.S. cities, and killings here have left thousands of families grieving the deaths of loved ones victimized by violent crime. But as...