Aftermath of Gun Violence: What Happens to Family? Friends? Community?

Jul 24, 2014

Chicago, like Milwaukee, is one of the many cities in America who is trying hard to curb gun violence. Meanwhile, family and friends are still affected by the turmoil and pain of gun violence.

The news seemingly each day this summer has been filled with reports of gun violence and its aftermath.  Fatal and non-fatal shootings get plenty of headlines, but what isn’t covered as regularly is the aftermath of that violence; how it affects the victims, their families, and the community at large.

There are also people and organizations working to make change.

Those under-told stories have been featured recently in a series of reports in the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.  It is the best source of information regarding what is going on and what needs to happen to prevent these situations.

"To listen to the people in the neighborhoods talk, the problems can range from issues at the policy level that need to be changed, lack of jobs for people, children not having role models; so it’s not any one problem, it’s across the board," says Karen Slattery.

Slattery is on the faculty at the Diedrich College of Communication at Marquette University and is reporting for the online Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service during her sabbatical.  Andrea Waxman is a reporter for the Neighborhood News Service as well and she joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich by phone.