Salt Lake City, UT (December 9, 2007)- Plant a tree, save a spouse. That’s the word from Chicago, where a two-year urban-forestry study found that trees deter domestic violence. Hard to believe? Judge for yourself.
“We are finding less violence in urban public housing where there are trees,” the study reads. “Residents from buildings with trees report using more constructive, less-violent ways of dealing with conflict in their homes. They report using reasoning more often in conflicts with their children, and they report significantly less use of severe violence. And in conflicts with their partners, they report less use of physical violence than do residents living in buildings without trees.”
Now for the rationale: “Imagine feeling irritated, impulsive, about ready to snap due to the difficulties of living in severe poverty,” the study says. “Having neighbors who you can call on for support means you have an alternative way of dealing with your frustrations other than striking out against someone. Places with nature and trees may provide settings in which relationships grow stronger and violence is reduced.”
That’s good news for Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, whom Republicans recently rebuked for funding an urban forester while District Attorney Lohra Miller had to whittle a domestic-violence-warrants coordinator out of her request. But, with a million tree plantings planned over the next 10 years, Corroon may be cracking down on domestic violence after all.
Read the full article at the Salt Lake Tribune.
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