This study began with the recognition that CVE needs more than simply a name change and sought to build knowledge that could inform changes in policies and programs. The overall goals of this study were twofold:
- Identify lessons learned from the mental health and education fields to inform ways of addressing violent extremism.
- Delineate how professionals from the mental health and education fields could best become involved.
The key conclusion were:
- A criminal justice framework is insufficient for addressing violent extremism.
- Efforts to address violent extremism should enhance community resilience to all hazards.
- Multidisciplinary approaches have the potential to significantly enhance efforts to address violent extremism.
Unlike a criminal justice approach, basing violence prevention efforts in mental health and education approaches offers significant promise in building community buy-in and participation, the necessary foundation for community-based initiatives.
Weine, S. M., Ellis, B. H., Haddad, R., Miller, A. B., Lowenhaupt, R., & Polutnik, C. “Best Practices for Developing Resilient Communities and Addressing Violent Extremism,” College Park, MD: START, 2015. http://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_LessonsLearnedfromMentalHealthAndEducation_BestPracticesforResilientCommunities_Oct2015.pdf