Addressing violence as a national health issue.
Cure Violence views violence as a disease that can be prevented using public health methods.
Formerly known as Ceasefire, the national program trains outreach workers and violence interrupters – raised in the very streets where they work – to identify people most likely to be involved in gun violence and redirect them to make non-violent choices. In communities severely affected by violence, it 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.
By treating violence as a behavior that can be “unlearned,” shows that violence doesn’t have to be an accepted norm in communities that are struggling. Current Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funding is helping to expand the Cure Violence model across the United States.
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
Grants and Grant Programs
RWJF supports programs to help everyone in our nation have the opportunity to live healthier lives.
News ReleaseRWJF Applauds Gary Slutkin, MD, for Receiving Illinois' Highest Honor
April 28, 2015
RWJF applauds grantee Dr. Gary Slutkin for receiving Illinois' highest honor.
Blog PostTEDMED Talks: 'Cure Violence' Founder on Treating Violence as a Contagious Disease
May 16, 2013
TEDMED Talks: 'Cure Violence' Founder on Treating Violence as a Contagious Disease
Blog PostHospital Partnerships to Cure Violence
November 1, 2012
A grantee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Cure Violence has been successful at reducing violence in cities across America.
Providing operating funds to support Cure Violence's evolution as an international expert on the health-based approach to violence prevention
Fri Jan 20 00:00:00 EST 2017
This grant supports the concluding legacy grant for Cure Violence in its strategies to support model scale and replication. This funding will cover core multiyear activities of the program. By the end of the grant term, the following deliverables/outcomes will be achieved: (1) all national sites will have a certification rating and receive technical assistance according to the business model; (2) three new U.
Supporting national replication of the Cure Violence initiative to reduce shootings in the United States
Wed Aug 07 00:00:00 EDT 2013
This grant supports further implementation of the Cure Violence business plan to continue national expansion of the program model. Violence is an infectious disease. It behaves with a contagious nature, is perpetuated through social norms and peer reinforcement, and can be prevented using disease-control methodology.
Expanding the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention's CeaseFire initiative to reduce shootings in the United States
Sat Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 2011
This grant will enable CeaseFire to implement its recently developed business strategy, which will build the evidence base and increase the spread of the CeaseFire model, in 15 more sites across the country.