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FOCUS Event - Understanding the Process of Radicalization Leading to Violen...
Fri, 21 April 2017, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
On Friday April 21st, FOCUS Toronto is pleased to be hosting this free sessionon Understanding the Process of Radicalization Leading to Violence for all of our FOCUS Agency partners.
This awareness session will collectively explore the radicalization to violence ‘process’, discount the many myths, and provide accurate information on this phenomenon.Academic research shows that persons and youth may exhibit behaviors that suggest movement along a pathway to violence (such as joining a gang), or specific to this session, a person may have embraced a radical ideology to the extent that a progression to violence is feared.
A commonality surrounding all of these non-criminal situations is the ‘vulnerability’ of the individual. Vulnerabilities, more pronounced in youth, that are due to the presence of risk factors and the lack of protective factors. There is no “profile” of individuals likely to become radicalized to violence; individuals vary widely in terms of age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic background, ideological persuasion, education, occupation, family status.
As with any Acutely Elevated Risk (AER) Situation, with consent, a collaborative FOCUS approach, supported by a well-crafted intervention, would mitigate these risks by connecting the youth/adult to needed services. This session hopes to build additional violence prevention awareness within FOCUS. That will provide FOCUS members with the confidence to directly assist or refer vulnerable individuals that are progressing along this pathway, in a privacy protected supportive way, long before the desire to engage in violence takes root. Prevention is the key.
The FOCUS awareness session will explore this topic more in-depth
**Please note that this event is only for agencies participating in FOCUS Toronto or SPIDER**
On behalf of the FOCUS Toronto Coordination Team:
On Friday April 21st, 2017, 9:00 – 2:00pm
We would also recommend that you consider inviting your relevant divisional leadership and your front-line workers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Sergeant Brian Smith – Toronto Police
Evon Smith – United Way
Staff Sergeant Donovan Locke – Toronto Police
Stephen Linton – City of Toronto
Scott Mckean – City of Toronto