NEW ORLEANS - There is a collective trauma that happens when a senseless act of violence, such as the movie theater shootings in Colorado, is committed.
But it is not nearly as intense or long lasting as the trauma experienced by witnesses and victims.
It is as important to care for their needs as it is to care for those who were physically harmed.
In Monday's health report, we talked with psychologist Amy Dickson, director of the LSU Health Sciences Center's Victim Assistance Program, about why it is so important for victims and witnesses of violence, especially for children, to get therapy immediately.
To learn more about the program, call the LSU Health Sciences Center's Psychiatry Department at 568-6004.