Special Report: Violence Prevention

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Violence is an urgent public health problem; however, there are increasingly powerful solutions to prevent it and address its damaging effects. 

Far too many Americans have witnessed or experienced violence in their homes, schools or neighborhoods. Although violence can often appear to be an intractable problem, new programs and public health models are offering a new way on how to reduce violence and mitigate its impact.

RWJF recently co-sponsored a special section of USA Today focused on violence prevention and ways to help those exposed to violence break the cycle and overcome its damaging health effects. The special section included stories on toxic stress, domestic violence and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. RWJF leaders and grantees were featured throughout the section and shared the innovative ways that they are trying to reduce violence and build resilience in communities across the country.

  • "Violence: The Bigger Picture": RWJF’s President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey joined leaders in philanthropy and business as part of a panel of experts to discuss what is needed to stop violence.
  • "Curing Violence Starts at the Community Level": A profile of Forward Promise grantee Elev8 Baltimore and their D-Stress Baltimore program. Developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins University, D-Stress Baltimore is a comprehensive, school-based program that helps middle school-aged kids exposed to violence learn to better manage and respond to that stress and trauma.
  • "Curbing Gun Violence Through Behavior Control": A look at RWJF grantee Cure Violence, and their innovative approach of treating violence as an infectious disease that can be interrupted and prevented using public health strategies.