What are Some Strategies for Crisis Prevention?

Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus
Crisis prevention is often used in domestic abuse cases.
Crisis prevention is often used in domestic abuse cases.

Crisis prevention obstructs social crises such as domestic abuse, physical and sexual assaults, suicide, and violence in homes, schools and communities. Effective crisis prevention strategies both evaluate and help eliminate the potential for crises through education, communication, and social support. Some successful strategies for crisis prevention include recognizing the early warning signs of impending crises, promoting non-violent resolutions of all conflicts, and building supportive and communicative family and community relationships.

Crisis prevention can include counseling in anger management.
Crisis prevention can include counseling in anger management.

Parents who are involved in their children's lives and regularly communicate with their children are better able to be alert to changes that could signal a crisis situation. For example, if an outgoing child begins to become much more withdrawn or his or her school grades drop dramatically, these may be early warning signs of an impending crisis resulting from bullying, drug abuse, or other issues. Parents should foster a communicative relationship with their children so that the child feels free to discuss their views with parents on issues such as drug abuse, sex, and violence. Parents should guide children in tolerating differences in others as well as in developing empathy for others.

Crisis prevention may be used in cases of elderly abuse.
Crisis prevention may be used in cases of elderly abuse.

Meeting teachers and attending meetings and joining committees to discuss school safety and crisis prevention issues such as anti-bullying policies are great ways of connecting with and advocating for one's child. School counselors deal with behavioural concerns and help make students aware of diversity and respect issues. Crisis prevention programs in schools should deal with bullying and dating violence in early grades by teaching respect for another person's physical boundaries and safety.

Crisis prevention is needed in cases of child abuse.
Crisis prevention is needed in cases of child abuse.

Community based service organizations often offer crisis prevention programs such as discussion groups and counseling in issues such as anger management. Most communities also support victims of domestic abuse with access to shelters to escape the abuse. Domestic abuse is also called spouse abuse, battery, and family violence. It refers to any type of violence between ex-partners or current partners or to cases where a stalker thinks of his or her relationship with the victim as an intimate one even when it is not. Violence can be physical, sexual, mental, or emotional in nature.

Crisis counselors may administer faith based advice.
Crisis counselors may administer faith based advice.

Community crime prevention strategies have been shown to make a difference in crisis prevention. Community policing and monitoring help make communities safer places to live as well as create an awareness of problems in a community. Community members, when they are aware of problems in their communities, often write letters about crisis prevention to local politicians and editorials to local newspapers, inspiring others to get involved further in making crisis prevention policy decisions.

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    • Crisis prevention is often used in domestic abuse cases.
      By: Artem Furman
      Crisis prevention is often used in domestic abuse cases.
    • Crisis prevention can include counseling in anger management.
      By: nebari
      Crisis prevention can include counseling in anger management.
    • Crisis prevention may be used in cases of elderly abuse.
      By: Rob
      Crisis prevention may be used in cases of elderly abuse.
    • Crisis prevention is needed in cases of child abuse.
      By: Piotr Wawrzyniuk
      Crisis prevention is needed in cases of child abuse.
    • Crisis counselors may administer faith based advice.
      By: manaemedia
      Crisis counselors may administer faith based advice.