Stopping the spread of violence
Cure Violence, formerly known as CeaseFire, is a national public health strategy that reduces gun shootings and killings. The program views violence as a learned behavior that can be prevented using disease control methods. Outreach workers and violence interrupters – raised in the very streets where they work – are trained to identify people most likely to be involved in gun violence and redirect them to make non-violent choices. Concentrating on communities most severely affected by violence, the model uses data to identify potentially violent events and its trained staff of violence interrupters and outreach workers, who keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s happening on the streets.
Violence is the leading cause of death among young men and boys of color, who are among society’s most vulnerable populations. Cure Violence uses a public health model to reduce gun violence. By treating violence as a learned behavior that can be “unlearned,” Cure Violence offers a solution to a problem that had been seen as unsolvable. It shows that violence doesn’t have to be the accepted norm in the community, thus helping to reduce fear and stress that can have severely toxic effects on vulnerable populations. Current RWJF funding is helping to expand the Cure Violence model across the United States.
The Conference of Mayor’s Criminal and Social Justice Standing Committee passed a below resolution of support for Cure Violence.Read the study
Effects on Attitudes, Participants' Experiences, and Gun Violence
Earlier evaluation results encouraged the Baltimore City Health Department to replicate Chicago’s Cure Violence program in four of Baltimore’s most violent neighborhoods under the name Safe Streets with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. This evaluation measures Safe Streets' effect on gun violence, attitudes about the acceptability of gun use and impact on the lives of participants after the implementation of the program.
Quick Facts From This Study
- Safe Streets was associated with 5.4 fewer homicide incidents and 34.6 fewer nonfatal shooting incidents, on average, across all program sites during 112 months of observation after implementation of the program.
- All four intervention neighborhoods showed statistically significant reductions in nonfatal shootings after program implementation, and two neighborhoods showed statistically significant reductions in homicides.
- One intervention neighborhood, Madison-Eastend, experienced an outbreak of homicides during the intervention period due to an intense gang feud, which resulted in a homicide rate nearly three times higher than expected during the 18-month period.
Cure Violence uses a public health model to stop shootings and killings.
- Cure Violence Promise Story
- Gary Slutkin: Disrupting Violence
- CeaseFire: Evaluating Effectiveness
- CeaseFire: A New Approach
- Gary Slutkin at TEDMED 2013