Collateral Damage

For more than a year, Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea K. McDaniels and photographer Lloyd Fox have examined the unseen impact of violence — on children, caregivers and victims’ relatives — in the Baltimore area. McDaniels wrote the articles while participating in The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism.

The series sparked the creation of a neighborhood youth violence prevention plan that has received a $75,000 grant. It also has received numerous awards, including first place for public health reporting from the Association of Health Care Journalists, an honorable mention from Columbia University's Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, and a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism from Hunter College.

Groups win $75,000 grant after series in The Sun

coalition of community groups in the Upton/Druid Heights neighborhood has won a $75,000 grant to develop a youth violence prevention plan for the neighborhood after being featured in a Baltimore Sun series on the hidden impacts of Baltimore's crime problem.

Survey shows prevalence of violence in lives of Baltimore students

A new survey of 209 youths in Baltimore reveals just how prevalent violence is in their lives. Forty-three percent of the students said they witness physical violence at least once a week, and 39 percent said they know someone who has been killed before they reached their 20th birthday.

Moving families to combat aftermath of violence

Surveys being conducted by the ACLU Maryland are finding that one way to offset the hidden health consequences of violence is to move families out of troubled neighborhoods.

More must be done to address aftermath of city violence, advocates say

More needs to be done to address a hidden toll of violence that is creating a ripple of social ills in Baltimore, including hurting children's ability to learn, community advocates and health professionals say.

Relatives of Baltimore homicide victims struggle to get over loss

Every part of their lives is affected. Some can't hold jobs, and families break apart. Grieving parents may not realize their own children are also suffering. They often develop mental and physical health problems, including eating disorders, insomnia, depression and paranoia. They get pain in the arm or chest, where their loved one was shot. In a phenomenon known as "broken heart syndrome," intense grief can weaken the heart and lead to heart attacks. So can the anger, scientists say. In certain cases, some researchers believe, the burden of grief -- if not treated -- can kill people.

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Relatives of Baltimore murder victims struggle with grief

Killings in Baltimore, which has the fifth-highest homicide rate of major U.S. cities, have left behind thousands of grieving families. Like the children exposed to violence, or the caregivers tending sons disabled by shootings, the grieving relatives of the murdered are little noticed after the funerals and the candlelight vigils. But their suffering is part of the devastating domino effect of violence in the city.

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Families struggle to care for victims of violence

Many families that have been victimized by violence find themselves on a long odyssey taking care of an adult son — and illustrating the unseen toll of violence in the Baltimore region. Little is known about these families; there have been few studies of their situation, and it's unclear how many victims end up being cared for at home. Experts compare their experience to that of the families of injured soldiers back from war.

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Advocates aim to save Baltimore children from impact of violence

Studies show that exposure to violence is a major factor damaging children's health.

Dealing with childhood violence

Medical community has concerns about how children cope with violent environment