[Announce] New Edition - National Index of Violence & Harm
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From: JPBrumbaugh-Smith at manchester.edu
Please find printed below a news release for the 2000 edition of the
National Index of Violence and Harm, a project of the Peace
Studies Institute at Manchester College. You will find additional
background information and statistical details at our web site:
As Neil Wollman (the project coordinator) is out of town until August
please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding the
After the 5th you may contact Neil at njwollman at manchester.edu
Assoc. Prof. of Mathematics
604 E College Ave., MC Box 111
North Manchester, IN 46962-1276
Phone: 260-982-5011 Fax: 260-982-5311
jbs at manchester.edu
(See attached file: NewsRelease072902.pdf)(See attached file:
DROP IN 90S STREET CRIME TOLD ONLY HALF THE STORY
OF VIOLENCE AND HARM IN
While Homicides, Batteries, and Robberies Decreased, The Less
Publicized Hungry and Homeless Populations Skyrocketed
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. --July 29, 2002-- A trio of Manchester
researchers discovered the country's hungry population nearly
the homeless population increased by an alarming 45 percent from
For the third consecutive year, researchers Dr. James Brumbaugh-
Neil Wollman, and Dr. Brad Yoder have released the National Index
Violence and Harm, which compares data from 19 different
1996 to 2000-- the most recent years of available data--to 1995.
complete details about the index, visit
Researcher Neil Wollman said, "After examining trends in the
homeless populations from 1990 onward, we speculate that at least
the increase is due to welfare law changes in 1996. How much can't
determined by our analysis."
The index is divided into two categories: personal and societal. The
personal scale includes measures traditionally associated with
acts, such as batteries, sexual assaults and homicides, while the
scale includes measures such as hunger, air pollution, and infant
mortality. The latter don't involve physical attacks, but result in
individuals being hurt physically or sometimes psychologically.
harm and violence is not as visible or dramatic as personal
it can be just as devastating and typically affects more people,"
Not withstanding any personal responsibility that the homeless and
must take for their plight, the researchers consider these
be two indicators of "social negligence," or the way our nation has
neglected and harmed its citizens. Social negligence, which also
measures of inadequate health care and education, grew as a whole
30 percent during the time studied.
While government-related indicators (such as capital punishment,
police intervention, and civil rights complaints) had generally been
increasing from 1995 to 1999, this trend abated, at least
However, the news is not all bad. In addition to the well publicized
in street crime (homicides and robberies down more than 30
the researchers found other encouraging results, with significant
improvement in several societal areas: infant mortality; child abuse;
crimes; and poverty disparity between whites and racial minorities,
as between age groups). And corporate-related indicators also had
significant downward trend, mainly due to drops in occupational
injuries/illnesses and in occupational fatalities.
Interestingly, this good news-bad news result showed up even in
people harm themselves. Deaths attributable to smoking increased,
suicides/self injury and fatalities from alcohol went down.
Overall, the researchers' analysis reveals that personal harm and
have decreased significantly since 1995, while the societal index
remained relatively stable. "It's remained stable because some
have increased and others have decreased," Wollman said. "It's
course, that personal violence has gone down. But our society and
institutions still tolerate harm to some segments of our population."
Manchester College--an independent, liberal arts college located in
Manchester, Ind., and a college of the Church of the Brethren--
than 45 areas of study to more than 1,160 students from 23 states
Notes to editors:
Dr. Brumbaugh-Smith is an associate professor of mathematics, Dr.
is the senior fellow of the college's Peace Studies Institute and a
psychology professor, and Dr. Yoder is a social work professor.
*(FBI figures recently released for 2001 show an increase in
the first time in many years. This, of course, will be reflected in next
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