Gun Violence, a Public Health Epidemic

A collection of analyses and research findings on gun violence as an urgent public health problem.
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Preventing violence in America is an essential component of building healthy communities. Violence, both at the interpersonal and community levels, is an urgent public health problem.

Our hope is to create greater public interest in combatting violence in all its dimensions—from bullying to gang violence to childhood trauma, in the context of a broad range of public health issues that prevent people and communities from being as healthy as they can be.

Research shows that different types of violence tend to occur together. Places where you have higher rates of gun violence are also places where you have higher rates of domestic violence, child abuse, and other types of assaults. our approach is to focus on the root causes of violence overall. We have been increasingly focused on protecting families with young children because that represents our best hope for creating lasting change.

In connection with programs focused on preventing violence, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has supported numerous studies examining this issue. The below articles provide a sampling of analysis and research findings stemming from these efforts.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has long considered preventing violence in America an essential component of building healthy communities. Violence, both at the interpersonal and community levels, is an urgent public health problem.

Our hope is to create greater public interest in combatting violence in all its dimensions—from bullying to gang violence to childhood trauma, in the context of a broad range of public health issues that prevent people and communities from being as healthy as they can be.

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Jordan Reese

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (609) 627-6322

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Cure Violence

Cure Violence, formerly known as CeaseFire, is a national public health strategy that reduces gun shootings and killings, thus helping to reduce fear and stress that can have severely toxic effects.

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