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Vigil held in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh for shooting victims, Oct. 27, 2018. AP/Gene J. Puskar

Pittsburgh’s lesson: Hatred does not emerge in a vacuum

Mass murders like the killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seen as the work of disturbed individuals. But America has allowed violence to become unexceptional, ignoring its root cause.
Chicago is often invoked in political debates on crime. Scott Cornell/shutterstock.com

Why the US needs better crime reporting statistics

What's really the most dangerous American city? The way crimes are currently counted in the US can easily confuse and mislead.
Victoria Police inspect the scene after Sunday morning’s brawl in which six people were injured, one critically. AAP/Julian Smith

When it comes to violent brawls, does Victoria need more ‘force’?

After a violent brawl involving African Australians on Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison suggested Victoria Police needed to take a firmer hand – but it's far more complicated than that.
New suicide data indicates that years of record bloodshed in Mexico have traumatized residents in places where the violence is most concentrated. Reuters/Jorge Lopez

Rising suicides in Mexico expose the mental health toll of living with extreme, chronic violence

Ciudad Juárez, on the US-Mexico border, has suffered high levels of deadly violence for over a decade. New suicide data reveals the severe mental health impacts of living with chronic violence.
A woman wipes a tear as Toronto’s Greektown neighbourhood community gathers for a candlelit vigil to honour the victims of a deadly shooting in Toronto on July 22 that killed an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto shooting: The psychology of loss, fear and identity

After acts of violence, we want to make sense of what is right and wrong and where we stand in the world. But we must ensure our belief systems are periodically and systematically checked.
Daily life in some parts of Central America is so fearsome for parents and children that crossing Mexico and risking detention in the U.S. seems less fearsome. Reuters/Edgard Garrido

Central American kids come to the US fleeing record-high youth murder rates at home

Central American youth are 10 times more likely to be murdered than children in the US. Child homicides in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are rising even as other violence declines.
Gun safety advocates hold signs during a rally to honor victims of gun violence on the steps of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, 2013. AP/Brennan Linsley

More mental health care alone will not stop gun violence

After mass killings, politicians feel compelled to offer solutions to gun violence. One of the most common answers is better access to mental health care, but research has found that's not effective.

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