Violence impacts millions of people each year.
Yet, a great deal of violence is preventable.
The Violence Prevention Hotline proposes to provide free, confidential, expert support for people in distress and feeling compelled toward committing acts of violence in the future. Thinking is not a crime, yet many people contemplating violence do not know who to turn to to discuss their violent thoughts, and so they may stay isolated which can lead to further distress and thus, they may act. The National Violence Prevention Hotline can act as a lifeline for anyone who has violent thoughts and prevent violent acts from occurring in the future. It may also provide a lifeline for victims of violence who have not yet called the police and are seeking counsel regarding their situation.
Violence Can Impact Anyone
Lone Wolf Shooters
The news stories are all the same: No one that knew the person thought they were capable of this type of act, and no one knew about it. If there was a line that someone could call when they were distressed and contemplating a mass attack, there might be a chance at lessening this awful outcome.
Often times, people who are bullying have emotional issues that they are not dealing with and thus they project their pain outward—if someone is bullying, they can call and get help, before it’s too late.
Work Place Violence
Sometimes people feel like there is no one to turn to, not their manager, not human resources, not even a friend—or they lose their job—the NVPH could help prevent those contemplating violence in their work place, from following through.
Over 10 million people are directly affected by DV each year in the US (https://ncadv.org/statistics), if there was a line for the abusive partners to call where they could get help, these numbers may decrease.
Getting revenge is ancient and pervasive in the earliest human stories and myths. Getting revenge or “the myth of redemptive violence” never satisfies the perpetrator, it just brings more pain—hope for those contemplating violent revenge is just a call away.
When one is in a gang, they may believe there is no way out and they have to continue to follow orders and commit acts of violence—there may be no one or any help in their neighborhood—the NVPH will give them a chance to stop the cycle.
If someone is contemplating violence at school, it is likely they are going to keep this a secret from school administrators, their peers, and parents—the NVPH will give them the support they need to ask for help.
Similar to domestic violence, relationship violence can take many forms—whatever the case, the NVPH will be available 24/7 to take calls from those compelled toward violent acts in their relationships.
While there is ample help for the survivors of sexual abuse and there are services for perpetrators, the NVPH would offer a bridge for those contemplating sexual abuse against others and act as a preventative bridge to have them seek appropriate professional help.
& Victims of Violence
The NVPH would provide education, resources, and a listening ear to those who may be victims of violence, but have not yet reached out to the proper authorities or found a way to escape the violence in their life.
Paul Krauss MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Consultant
Paul Krauss is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Professional Consultant who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the host of The Intentional Clinician podcast and also works to train counselors on best practices to improve their outcomes with clients.
Paul has worked with many different populations and has spent a great deal of his time working specifically with people who are recovering from some type of trauma—often times from a type of violence or a severe accident. Paul believes that every human being has the potential to transform in a powerful way and works with people from all walks of life to meet their potential as humans, to heal, and to make changes.
Paul conceived of the idea for the National Violence Prevention Hotline after a series of events, including hearing a story of a person refraining from committing a violent act because a kind woman confronted this potential offender while he was in emotional distress, guns in hand and ready to act against innocent citizens, with empathy and understanding, at just the right time. As a result of her outreach to him, he put down his weapons and asked for the police to be called and get professional help–he received it. At that moment, Paul realized that we have hotlines to prevent suicides and help the victims of domestic violence, but not to prevent or deal with violence or those who perpetrate it more broadly.
His vision is to help save lives and reduce the devastating impact of violence on people, relationships, and communities.
Paul Krauss discusses the genesis of the hotline on his podcast: The Intentional Clinician, episode 16.
Will You Join Us in Preventing Violence?
Right now, The Violence Prevention Hotline is a dream – a dream to help reduce the impact of violence on people, families, and communities. Will you lend your voice to supporting our cause?
Sign our petition to create a National Violence Prevention Hotline at CHANGE.org
We are hoping to share this petition with SAMSHA as well as government officials, business leaders, and other leaders in the United States.