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Develop our own 'toolbox' of understanding, and in particular, recognise that nothing happens in isolation. Whatever led to that person, or people's seemingly wild and incoherent attitude did not happen over night.

James Garbarino wrote in relation to understanding violence:

'A series of five or six tools I would put in our box to address the issue of violence. The first is an ecological perspective on human development. When you look at research on human development with your eyes wide open, you find rarely, if ever, a simple cause-and-effect relationship. Cause-and-effect relationships are always shaped and conditioned by culture, society, community, sex, race, ethnicity, and historical period.'

I think this extends to all forms of violence, and perceived violence, not just physical which he refers to here.

Lost boys: Why our sons turn violent and how we can save them


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