Brooke Valley Research raises awareness on the long-term effects of armed conflict and the transgenerational transmission of trauma. The War Children project is inspired by associations of war children and their descendants in Germany and research on the transgenerational transmission of trauma among Holocaust survivors and First Nations residential school survivors.
Peace Begins at Home
Children affected by adverse childhood events, including abuse in the household, parental death or absence, and armed conflict, are more likely to experience physical and mental health problems later in life. They are also more likely to either perpetrate abuse or experience re-victimization in adult relationships. Peace truly begins in the home. Brooke Valley Research aims to support initiatives to end violence in the family, nurture positive parenting and identify promising early intervention approaches.
Brooke Valley Research for Education in Nonviolence is supporting peace education in Armenia and the closure of the Armenian genocide by Restorative Justice, as advocated by Lorne Shirinian. We believe that acknowledging the Armenian genocide and settling the Armenian and Kurdish issue with Turkey would contribute to dialogue, and ultimately peace, in the Middle East - see "War Children for Peace and the Resolution of the Armenian Genocide."
Amanda West Lewis' The Pact tells the story of a German war child who is 10 years old at the beginning of World War II. It is based on the life experiences of Hans Sinn, co-founder of Brooke Valley Research. While historical, the historical fiction addresses issues of indoctrination, propaganda, xenophobia, patriotism and the formation of values faced by young people in many parts of the world.
Brooke Valley Research
Brooke Valley Research for Education in Nonviolence is an adult education initiative in Perth, Ontario. Our mission is to convey the possibility of a peaceful world without violence. We work towards this end through research and awareness raising on the long-term impacts of war and violence over generations and advocacy for their prevention through nonviolent means, including peace education, civilian defence, unarmed protection and restorative justice.