This program received support from the Foundation between 2006 and 2017.
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
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