For over 20 years I worked in children and families mental health services, a rewarding but challenging environment. Many of the children with whom we worked were at the end of the continuum of services and parents were struggling to keep their heads in the game. When I left the field I reflected on what I had learned and what I had not learned. Serendipitiously I was offered a part-time job at my community health department. The job was violence prevention coordinator. which opened my eyes to new strategies. No vaccination for violence, but prevention is the best strategy.